By Johns Hopkins Medicine staff
Caregivers should take advantage of resources and supportive services to safeguard their own health. Remember that a caregiver can’t provide proper care if their own health is compromised.
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The premise of his philosophy was efficiency—complete and utter efficiency of the soul.
When I retired from clinical practice several years ago, I let go into the unknown. I felt tentative, uncertain, yet knowing intuitively that I needed to heed the call.
After my husband died, a silly catchphrase became a lifeline for me. Instead of wishing for a reality I couldn’t have, I embraced the circumstances I was dealt.
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