Author Archives: Christie

Fighting Fatigue while Processing Trauma

It is 9 pm. My deadline for this column is in 12 hours. Some people would call this procrastination. I call it practice. I’ve been writing several columns in my head for the past three days. I decided not to worry about it and instead enjoy the last glorious days…

Choosing Privacy Over the Emotional Cost of Crowdfunding

In the age of social media, many people seem to have forgotten what healthy boundaries are. If you use Facebook, for example, you may notice that some people overshare — whether it’s 200 pictures of their trip to the beach or details of their child’s bowel movements, they demonstrate little…

My Mom’s Medical Crisis Brought Me to the End of Innocence

Each person’s experience of having a sick parent is different. For me, it was relatively easy until my mom’s condition became a crisis. From the start, I refused to research any terms that I’d overheard. I didn’t want to know what Dr. Google had to say about “interstitial lung…

Positive Reflection Helps Cultivate Courage

I named my column “Courage to Care” because I wanted to convey that it takes a lot of guts to be a caregiver. The moment I decided to take responsibility for protecting my mother, I became a courage-making machine. I have mustered courage all day, every day, to face…

Becoming My Mother’s Guardian

It started with a cough that just wouldn’t go away. Many of you probably know what that cough feels like. I don’t. I do, however, know what it feels like to learn that harsh, persistent cough isn’t just allergies or a lingering cold. I know what it feels like to…

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