My name is Shelley Peterman Schwarz and for the last 30+ years, I’ve lived with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS). As someone who receives a lot of help from the people around me, (I’m severely disabled with no use of my legs and limited use of my arms and hands), I can appreciate the important role caregivers play in the lives of folks living with chronic illness and age-related limitations. Before MS entered my life, I was a teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing, so my professional training and my personal experience have given me a unique perspective on life, loss, and resilience.
One of the many things I’ve learned is that whether your losses are big (losing the ability to walk, read or drive a car), or small (losing the ability to carry a coffee cup to the table, button your blouse, or turn the lock on your front door), people grieve in their own way and in their own time – no matter what their age.
Since becoming disabled, I’ve found a new career as an author and writer. My Website, www.MakingLifeEasier.com offers solutions for people coping with aging, chronic illness, or disability, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
In future blog posts, I hope we can begin a conversation sharing what we’ve learned on our journeys, (tips, strategies, shortcuts, and time savers, as well as wisdom and understanding), because I believe that we all gain strength and validation from knowing that we’re not alone and, we feel good when something we’ve learned and shared helps someone else.
I invite you to visit www.MakingLifeEasier.com and check out my personal articles/essays, as well as 100’s of Tips for Making Life Easier™, and information about helpful products, services and resources. My popular Tips for Making Life Easier books are in public libraries, support group libraries and available for purchase from all major book sellers.
Until next time,
Shelley While you’re here, please download Shelley’s whitepaper, “Ten Tips to Memory-Proof Your Home”