Self Care Plan – Part 2

Aug 11th, 2016 Caregiver, Self Care Goodson 5 min read

My most recent blog, about why I’m creating a self-care plan (part 1), explains research behind why all caregivers need a similar plan for themselves, as outlined in “Military Caregivers: America’s Hidden Heroes.” In developing my own self-care plan to relieve stress and anxiety, and in exploring way to do this in my demanding life, I’ve come up with the list below. Following are a few…

Self Care Plan – Part 1

Jul 17th, 2016 Military Caregiver Experiences, Self Care Goodson 4 min read

So, caregivers, we all recognize how important it is to take care of self! Who hasn’t read articles about this? Who hasn’t talked to their doctors about how important this is? What about the gazillion times you’ve had to listen to advice from friends and family and others about what you should be doing to stay healthy? How many times have you found yourself uttering…

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…

RESOURCES FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD AND/OR TBI

Jun 9th, 2016 Advocacy For Veteran, PTSD/TBI Treatment Goodson 4 min read

  Are you caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI? There are many programs that can help your loved ones learn to live with PTSD and that offer you coping skills and relational techniques to help you and your loved one live with the injuries of war. These programs fall into a number of categories, all of which might…

IS STRESS TAKING A TOLL IN YOUR LIFE?

May 12th, 2016 Caregiver, Self Care Goodson 1 min read

As a full-time caregiver to my husband, I have learned how important it is for me to make time to de-stress. I’ve certainly discovered that, if I’m not at my best, I can’t give my best to him. LET US KNOW HOW YOU DE-STRESS! My invitation to you, as readers of this blog, is to share ways that you de-stress best! I plan to post…

Invictus Games

Apr 30th, 2016 Military Caregiver Experiences Goodson 3 min read

Last week, I received an email from the White House —yes, the place where the President of these United States resides — from a White House staff member requesting a meeting—with me!! We discussed my being a part of the presidential delegation for the upcoming Invictus Games on May 8-12, 2016. A presidential delegation is appointed by the White House when the President is invited…

Meet Precious Goodson

Apr 16th, 2016 Caregiver, Military Caregiver Experiences Goodson 6 min read

What seems like an eternity ago—2010—my husband was injured in Afghanistan. Life as we had known it changed in an instant… Overnight, my daily activities as a wife, graduate student, and teacher changed. I was suddenly thrust into the role of full-time caregiver for my husband. A wife and caregiver at the same time—whew! I was unprepared. I was confused, scared, overwhelmed. The road ahead…

Meet My Husband & Wounded Warrior, Leonard

  I would like to introduce you to my husband Leonard, who I usually call Lenny. I met him while doing my laundry at a coin laundromat in Atlanta in 2000— imagine that?! We were both doing our laundry. On this Sunday afternoon, I walked past him toward the dryer section, with my 7-year old niece on my heels. Lenny stops me and says “Hey,…

Meet Duncan, The Service-Therapy Dog

Apr 16th, 2016 Service, Therapy Dog Goodson 3 min read

Sunday, July 4, 2010. 4:30 pm. I receive an email from a friend addressed to me. “I’m looking for a home for my 3.5 year, trained Lhasa Apso. Thought you may want to consider taking him. This friend was the Education Specialist at the Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) at Ft. Stewart and had been helping Lenny and me transition after his Afghanistan tour. What…

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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