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…

How to Prevent Burnout When Caring for a Loved One

Today, I’d like to talk about caregiver burnout, which extends beyond the physical burnout of completing various caregiving tasks. It also entails more than feeling helpless when a caregiver is unable to meet the expectations of the rest of the family. Caregiver burnout stems from the gradual mental and…

Doing Life Together When Diagnosed With Amyloidosis

In my role as a leader of the New Zealand Amyloidosis Patients Association, I’ve had the privilege of forging relationships with many wonderful human beings. The people I’ve met while running this charity, established in 2019, have enriched my life and pushed me further than I could’ve ever imagined.