Caregiver Support: Are You a Member of a Support Group?

May 1st, 2018 Couples Goodson 3 min read

It is in the midst of difficulties that self-care is more important than ever. It has been a very difficult time for me these past two months. And so, what happens when, in the midst of caring for your wounded veteran or service member, another curve ball is thrown your way? A loved one who has been a major support system dies? Or a very…

Working Wellness into Your Day as a Caregiver

Mar 24th, 2018 Caregiver, Couples, Self Care Goodson 5 min read

This blog is written by guest writer Beverly Nelson who gives self-care and wellness tips and suggestions to caregivers.   When you’re caring for a war veteran, finding time to tend to your own needs can be a daunting challenge. This doesn’t get easier as time goes by. In fact, as you and your loved one age, you may find yourself approaching caregiver burnout instead of…

Military Caregiver 2018 Self-Care Challenge — Part One

Feb 1st, 2018 Couples Goodson 10 min read

Happy New Year to you all! I hope your Holiday season was wonderful and festive, even though holidays tend to be stressful!  I’m checking in to see how you’ve started off the New Year and to see if you’ve managed to find time for self-care so far—a critical consideration in order to stay healthy and to be able to continue your responsibilities as a caregiver,…

Happy Holidays!

Dec 25th, 2017 Couples Goodson 1 min read

Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas_ Happy Holidays & A Prosperous New Year!   XOXO ~ Precious Goodson @WarChangesLives

More Holiday Tips for Caregivers!

Nov 18th, 2017 Couples Goodson 6 min read

          Greetings to all, As a caregiver to someone with mental and cognitive injuries from war, I am always reminded of the need to adjust to a myriad of situations, from daily activities to holiday celebrations. In particular, I am learning to take things at a slow pace – that is, a pace that won’t cause my husband to become flustered…

Hurricane Relief Efforts

Oct 4th, 2017 Couples Goodson 2 min read

The natural disasters including the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico have caused grave and abiding turmoil, and been devastating. Thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes and have lost all their belongings; many people have suffered physical injuries and a number have lost their lives. Hundreds, if not thousands of people are rebuilding and some must start over. I am sad…

Relationships After Deployment

Mar 31st, 2017 Couples Goodson 4 min read

How is your relationship after your loved one returned from war? Is your loved one the same person as before they left? Are YOU the same person since their return from deployment? I have to be honest…My husband and I enjoyed so much before he left for Afghanistan; however, now things are different. Before he left for war, we used to love going out to…

Work-From-Home Jobs

Feb 20th, 2017 Couples Goodson 1 min read

Many work-from-home opportunities are surfacing. For some caregivers, work-from-home employment opportunities serve as the best option for contributing income to the home. In my blog post, Self Care Plan-Part 2, I give tips on best ways to practice remote work from a home office. If any of you wish to also add to these suggestions, feel free to add your comments to this post.  Some work-from-home opportunities…

Recreational Therapy: How Does it Help?

Jun 28th, 2016 Couples, Recreational Therapy & Retreats Goodson 1 min read

Recreational therapy (RT) or Therapeutic Recreation, according to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), is a treatment service designed to restore and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, and to promote health and wellness in an individual who has been diagnosed with an illness or disabling condition. Living Well Recreational Therapy explains improved quality of life determined by individuals who…

New Beginnings … Our Story

Apr 16th, 2016 Couples Goodson 8 min read

It was 6:00 on a Saturday evening. The phone rang. My husband was on the other end. He excitedly said, “Honey I made sergeant!” Wow, I thought…such great news! He went on…”and my new unit is deploying to Afghanistan.” I felt my eyebrows rise on their own; I wondered what in the world did that mean?? After all, since our marriage in 2000, my husband…

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