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Diet Coke, Chocolate Cake and their Inevitable Kettlebell Consequences

  Research tells us that caregivers are more likely to have negative health outcomes than their non-caregiving peers.  But what does that mean exactly?  The answer, like each injury and resulting caregiving situation, is going to be different from family to family.  For some it’s hypertension.  Others, depression.  Still others, dental health needs are most concerning. For me, it was an extra ten pounds added during my husband’s six week inpatient stay.  Turns out, the combination of chocolate cake every night and skipping anything remotely resembling a workout to hang out in the waiting rooms for surgery after surgery existing
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Caregivers and Friends

We recently had the opportunity to assist the parent/caregivers of two wounded veterans travel to visit each other. Shirley shared the story of how she and Nancy became friends and we want to share this glimpse into the lives of two caregiving families who have provided mutual support through the years. “We would like to say thanks to everyone who made our trip to Minnesota possible. We really enjoyed our trip and we were so excited to see our friends that we met at Walter Reed almost 10 years ago. I’ll never forget my first day at Walter Reed when I met my friend, Nancy.
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A Fresh Start

  A fresh start, a new beginning, an investment. As a caregiver we invest so much of ourselves into our loved ones that we often forget to invest in our own needs, health, hopes and dreams. There are trying times with little respite where we feel like we are living one minute, one day, one surgery at a time. From that despair grows great strength and resiliency. I am not the same person. We are not the same couple, nor are we the same family before our inpatient adventures began. We are actually better than ever before, even with the
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Love and Compassion

Where are you located? We are located in Ave Maria, Florida. We just moved from Naples, Florida.  It was my husband who wanted to move to an area that was more quiet and with less activity. Nosotros estamos localizados en Ave María Florida. Nosotros nos acabamos de mudar de Naples Florida. Fue mi esposo quien quiso mudarse a un área que fuese mas calmada y con mucha mas tranquilidad. Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? My husband received his medical treatment at several different facilities. –        Naval Hospital Jacksonville –        Wekiva Springs Hospital (inpatient) –       
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Just Keep Swimming

  Where are you located? We live in Bluff City TN Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? Mountain Home VA in Tennessee Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? Army Please share how you came to be a caregiver My husband joined the Army in 2001 when he returned from Iraq in 2005 he was a broken man. He struggled through many rough months but was turned away from the VA and sent home by his unit. He pushed through and did well until the fall of 2010 when serious physical symptoms began
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Task Boards, Google Calendars, and Working Through It

Where are you located? Currently Saint Petersburg, Florida but headed to Portland, Maine Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? Togus VA, Augusta Maine and Bay Pines VA Saint Petersburg, Fl Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? My husband was a sergeant in the Army and I am an officer in the Air Force reserves Please share how you came to be a caregiver My husband was injured in Iraq in 2004, he sustained a TBI with epilepsy while patrolling with his unit. His convoy was hit with a grenade and IED.  I
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Please Ask

  Where are you located? We are located in Williamsburg Virginia, about an hour from Richmond and an hour from Norfolk. Where does your spouse receive medical treatment? My husband receives his VA care through the Hampton VA Medical Center. He is primarily seen by his primary team through Sentara Medical Group in Williamsburg to supplement his VA care due to long wait times. How you came to be a caregiver? My husband returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009, but was not diagnosed with anything until 2011 due to a lack of medical continuity across the branches of service.
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Strength, Wisdom and Love

Where are you located? Stafford, VA Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? He had most of all his surgeries at Bethesda Naval ( Walter Reed now) and all his Rehab at the Tampa VA. Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? USMC Please share how you came to be a caregiver. Well I met my husband just about 4 years after he was shot, so by marriage is how I became a caregiver but more important his wife! What did I do before he was shot?! I was a sophomore in high school! haha! But the crazy
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Florida Caregiver Shares Her Story

 Where are you located? I am located near Tampa, Florida   Where did your Veteran receive Medical Treatment? My husband and I have moved quite often. He has received treatment in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida Veteran Affairs. Most being in Florida.   Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? United States Air Force   Please share how you came to be a caregiver. I came to be a caregiver through the Miami VA. We had no idea about the program until they told us about the program there. I help him with everything to include his medications, reminding
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Debbie Schulz

Who Will Care For The Caregiver?

On April 19, 2005, Debbie Schulz of Friendswood, Texas, got the call every parent of a service member in Iraq and Afghanistan dreads. Her child had been wounded. When she hung up the phone, in shock, all she knew was that her son was considered to be “VSI”, an acronym that she would later learn meant: “very seriously injured.”