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A Doctor Said These Horrific Words to the Young Couple With A Special Needs Child

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"Take IT home and just love it."

When their son, Jonah, was born with severe disabilities in the 1970's, a physician said these horrific words to Rob and Merrill Galbraith. Stunned, enraged, heartbroken, and desperately alone, they struggled along the path of isolation so familiar to caregivers. 

Rob, a veteran Nashville producer, songwriter, and player (Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers, The Bacon Brothers to name a few) returned to the show to share insights he learned from a tough journey that spanned 34 years until their son's death. 

Also returning to the show was Greg Tornquist and his son, Aaron (40). Aaron lives with Down's syndrome, and Greg and Aaron helped us bring attention to October's Down's Syndrome Awareness Month, as well as insights Greg learned from his 40 years as a caregiver for a special needs child.

Aaron is an ETA - and Elvis Tribute Artist, and he rocked the 1956 Elvis with this attire! 

Friends for more than thirty years, we sat around the desk and swapped stories and poignant moments from our combined 100+ years of caregiving.  We also shared a few laughs that come freely now with perspective.

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 Author, speaker, and 30+year caregiver, Peter Rosenberger, hosts HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER heard weekly on more than 200 stations. 

Sponsored by Standing With Hope

 

 

My Mother’s Behavior Makes Me Want To Start Drinking Again

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Kim from Michigan called the show to express her frustration with her mother, the lack of help from her siblings, and her struggle with alcoholism. 

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An Interview With Dennis Kurttila

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When the love of your life gets a terrible diagnosis, how do you handle it?  What do you do?

Dennis Kurttila and his daughter, Lacey, joined the show to share their family's journey into early diagnosis of Alzheimer's. They share their music....as well as what they learned about themselves, love, and God, and how it's shaped their music and their lives.   Contact them at dkurttila at aol.com

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Hope for the Caregiver September 29 2018

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From 9-29-2018. 

We opened the discussion to talk about feeling obligated and guilty when dealing with someone with an impairment.  When I stated, "'Honor your father and mother...' doesn't mean honoring Alzheimer's or any other impairment," it really struck a nerve.  

Listen to the callers ...and see how we helped them move to a safer place and become healthier caregivers. Poster_Podcast_B.jpg

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Hope for the Caregiver on American Family Radio

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From Saturday, September 22, 2018 on American Family Radio. 

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HFC September 9 2018

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HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER Sept 9 2018

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Features:

Caregiver Tip of the Day

Today's Senior Moment

Callers

and ...the Count of Mighty Disco himself, show producer John Butler!

Graham Kerr’s Perfect Metaphor for the Life of a Caregiver

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Formerly known as The Galloping Gourmet, celebrated author and longtime caregiver for his beloved wife, Treena, Graham Kerr provides a powerful metaphor which describes the life of a caregiver. 

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Breathe on Me Breath Of God

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Lying in a hospital bed, Mary, struggled with severe breathing issues. As doctors worked to correct the issues following heart surgery, Mary asked her daughter-in-law, Gracie, to sing this hymn to her.

Through the ICU, Gracie's voice resonated the lyrics of this timeless and cherished hymn to bring comfort and calmness to Mary.

No stranger to hospitals, Gracie drew upon her own 35 year journey through 80 surgeries to infuse deep passion into this soul-stirring performance. www.standingwithhope.com 

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An Interview With Caregiver Warrior Susanne White

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"Caregiving is like going to war; every day we fight to keep our loved ones safe and supported with dignity. Like a warrior, caregivers are fearless, courageous, and passionate about protecting those they care for."

-Susanne White, www.caregiverwarrior.com

Susanne called HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER and shared her journey, insights, and passion for strengthening fellow caregivers.

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Peter Rosenberger is a thirty-year caregiver for his wife Gracie, who lives with severe physical disabilities. He is the author of Hope for the Caregiver and his radio show for family caregivers  is syndicated on more than 200 stations across the country.   @hope4caregiver

Secure the Firearms

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Who secures the firearms of the vast number of American gun owners living with Alzheimer's, dementia, mental illness, or substance impairments?

All too many caregivers either don't know about the guns or don't know how to properly safety and secure them.  This is where pastors can be a real help to those individuals and their families. For every pastor, please ask those in your congregation who serve as caregivers of a loved one with a mental impairment., "Are there firearms in the home ...and if so, are they secured?" 

That simple question can prevent indescribable pain.  There are so many active and retired military, law enforcement, and experts with firearms who would welcome the opportunity to help properly safety and secure weapons for those caring for impaired loved ones. 

Oh ...by the way ...it costs nothing to do this. 

Peter Rosenberger is a thirty-year caregiver for his wife Gracie, who lives with severe physical disabilities. He is the author of Hope for the Caregiver and his radio show for family caregivers  is syndicated on more than 200 stations across the country.   @hope4caregiver 

 

Hope for the Caregiver July 29 2018

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Peter Rosenberger

An exceptional voice of experience—for an unprecedented need.

A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the caregiver’s journey.  His weekly show, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER, is syndicated on more than 200 stations.

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The Self-Defense of Caregivers

An accomplished martial artist, Peter recently earned a 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido.  The martial art provides many self-defense life lessons that Peter incorporates into his show and speaking. In addition, Peter is the author of several books including, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVERand 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them. A pianist for fifty years, Peter recently released his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.  

Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.

Silent Takeover: An Interview with Jackie Shepherd

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Author/Speaker Jackie Shepherd call Hope for the Caregiver to share her journey in taking control of her body and health.  She also drew on her decades of experience to offer cautionary tips regarding health products and nutriceuticals. 

Jackie's book, Silent Takeover:  How the Body Hijacks the Mind , reflects he 50 year mission to understand the body's influence over the mind. 

A year ago, I sat down with Jackie and we discussed my own health journey.  For more than a year, I followed Jackie's counsel and particpated in her program.  At 55, I now take no prescriptions and my blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides have all lowered. 

I can only speak for myself, but Jackie's exhaustive work convinced me that to step up my game.  One of the big pushes we have on HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER is for family caregivers to agressively take control of their own health.  Jackie provides strong leadership and practical help towards healthiness ...and Healthy Caregivers, make BETTER Caregivers. 

Contact Jackie directly:  Email gettingstrongnow@outlook.com 

 

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Here's information on Jackie's book: 

Do you feel like depression, anxiety, or addiction have hijacked your life? Mental and emotional disorders impact every part of society—and disrupt life for even the most spiritually devout, intelligent and respected people. Unfortunately, many who suffer from these devastating disorders seek healing through costly, and sometimes harmful, counseling and medications—measures which may bring temporary relief but do not fully correct the underlying problem. 

Jacquelyn Sheppard exposes the vital connection between your body, mind, and spirit—and gives you practical tools to:

  • understand the connection between your mind and body and discover root causes for such illnesses as depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, and others.
  • identify the life cycles of each disorder —prenatal, childhood, adolescence and adulthood— so you can overcome each cycle using the right tools.  
  • gain practical “know-how” to effectively combat these disorders through life-giving steps of health transformation.

Silent Takeover delivers ancient wisdom, accessible science, simple nutrition, and life experience while providing a clear blueprint to help you pioneer a new life. 

Hope for the Caregiver July 28 2018

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Peter Rosenberger

An exceptional voice of experience—for an unprecedented need.

A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the caregiver’s journey.  His weekly show, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER, is syndicated on more than 200 stations.

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The Self-Defense of Caregivers

An accomplished martial artist, Peter recently earned a 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido.  The martial art provides many self-defense life lessons that Peter incorporates into his show and speaking. In addition, Peter is the author of several books including, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVERand 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them. A pianist for fifty years, Peter recently released his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.  

Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.