Author Archives: Jaime Christmas

Staying the Caregiving Course Using Humor

I look for humor in every situation. Humor can be lifesaving in times of despair. U.S. Congregational minister Henry Ward Beecher said, “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” As a caregiver to a husband…

How Caregivers Can Cultivate Endurance and Find Purpose

The 3rd European ATTR Amyloidosis Meeting for Patients and Doctors was held virtually on Sept. 6-8. Because the New Zealand Amyloidosis Patients Association, which I lead, is associated with the Amyloidosis Alliance, we were invited to participate in this global, online event. If not for COVID-19 travel restrictions,…

How Labels Can Influence Our Actions

My husband and I were married on March 15, 1995. Looking back at these 26 years, I can see the gray and black stain of trials. However, our marriage has been filled mainly with a tapestry of beautiful colors. We have four exceptional children and live in beautiful New Zealand.

Caring for Yourself as a Caregiver

The melodic chirping of birds outside the window is louder this morning. This is because Auckland, the city in New Zealand where I live with my husband and our four children, returned to Alert Level 4, meaning lockdown, on Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. The coronavirus delta variant…

The Importance of Mental Pliability for Caregivers

I returned to the gym this week to work out. The last time I hit exercise classes and equipment was in 2016, shortly before my husband’s liver transplant, and three years after he was diagnosed with hereditary ATTR amyloidosis. Looking back, I have always been a gym junkie. I…