About Caregiving With Purpose…
Welcome to the award-winning CaregivingWithPurpose.com.
Whether you are a family caregiver, a professional caregiver or both, the journey of caregiving affects you and your family. “The Call” to caregiving often comes abruptly and unexpectedly, catching you off guard. CaregivingWithPurpose.com is here to help you to more than surviving ~ thriving in caregiving.
Not everyone is called or accepts “The Call.” Only one who will sacrifice time, energy and money for another has The Caregiver’s Heart.
Caregiving is a journey. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. And the Caregiver’s Heart Wheel of Caregiving With Purpose helps you in each stage of your journey.
Whether you are a long distance caregiver or share the same living space, you are a caregiver and can find the help and support you need here.
The Caregiver’s Heart Wheel for CaregivingWithPurpose.com is in the shape of hearts and follows the caregiver’s journey and heart. Follow the hearts around the Caregiver’s Heart Wheel as you progress in your caregiving journey…
About “The Knitting Dr.” …
Hi! I’m Ina Gilmore and for many years I defined myself as “Dr. Gilmore.”
After college I went straight to medical school, earning my doctor of medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine, and practiced primary care adult medicine for several years.
While working in a multispecialty group, I developed a passion for Infectious Diseases. So, I went back to train as an Infectious Diseases specialist. After completing my Infectious Diseases fellowship, I became
an Assistant Professor of Medicine at an inner city medical
school’s HIV Clinic.
After three years I left to assume more care of my ailing elderly parent—and to take a much-needed break from inner city subspecialty medicine. Initially I combined Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in a rural practice, later moving to a suburban Infectious Diseases practice.
After 9-11, I realized the full impact and stress of combining a demanding career with primary caregiving.
Especially noticeable was the isolation of caring alone for an elderly parent while working odd hours, with the nearest family four hours by car . It affected my life profoundly—both professionally and personally.
Taking charge, I made some changes including leaving active medical practice. I moved closer to family.
There I found solace in knitting and other crafts. I realized most of my life has been spent as a caregiver—both informally for family and professionally as a physician. Finding myself without losing myself to the burdens of caregiving became my mission.
In the depths of the darkness of caring for a dying loved one with a seemingly unconcerned health care system I found my voice. My family and I realized without my medical expertise we could not have navigated that time. In the dawn of realization and recovery from this experience I found my life mission:
Helping Others More Than Surviving ~ Thriving in Caregiving!
Lisa is a fictional caregiver who shares her experiences in Caregiving With Purpose.
She is married to David with two young adult children who have recently moved out of their house. Lisa received “The Call” one night from an Emergency Room physician after her father suddenly and unexpectedly passed.
And in a heartbeat, Lisa became her mother Helen’s primary caregiver. Lisa searches for answers to her caregiving questions as she navigates her way through this new journey.
About the logo…
You’ll notice on the right side of the header a logo. This logo is for this site and its sister site, TheKnittingYarn.com.
The open hands express the desire I have to help you find yourself in caregiving and crafts.
The stethoscope represents my medical background.
The yarn and needles represent knitting and all crafts. Crafts can help you get through the stresses of life.
The multicolored yarn is a reminder that caregiving and crafts are multicultural, and include all people. It also symbolizes the community of caregivers.
The heart is knit of red yarn with a crocheted border. This signifies the passion and love you must have to be a caregiver. Combining the crocheted edging with the knitting is a reminder that crocheting and knitting can coexist beautifully together.
No matter what your favorite craft–knitting, crocheting, tatting or something else–you are welcome here. Crafts can be an important part of you more than surviving ~ thriving in caregiving. And if you don’t yet have a favorite craft, you’re still welcome. There is no craft better than another, and no reason why you cannoty enjoy more than one… even in the same project!
Yes, you can find joy and personal growth in assuming a sometimes thankless — but increasingly necessary — responsibility for acute or chronic care of your loved one. If life is a journey, this is one
leg of it.
While you may feel like you’ve been traveling without a map or a compass, you can change that starting now.
The first step is often recognizing and managing caregiver stress.
Ina Gilmore M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”
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