November’s key phrase for me is “getting out the message.”
Because I’ll be on the VoiceAmerica talk radio network in a live interview from 2pm to 3pm on November 11, and then be the main speaker at the 8th annual Healings in Motion caregivers conference at 1pm, November 14 in Stockton.
My message is that men can successfully be caregivers for their ailing partners, that they and their partners and their relationships can all survive, and that there can be light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.
That message is also the main thrust of my VitalityPress book, “Rollercoaster: How a man can survive his partner’s breast cancer,” which is aimed at male caregivers.
The interview—to be conducted by Cheryl Jones, host of “Good Grief”—will be archived on the VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Channel and on iTunes afterwards.
Jones says her program aims to “share how [interviewees] have walked through their own exquisite pain and what they have gained as a result.”
Her interviews, she adds, allow listeners to “come away ready to follow our own dreams to a deeper, more meaningful time on this beautiful earth!”
The conference, which carries the theme “Inner Safari: A Joyful Day to Relax, Retool and Renew,” is—according to the organization’s website—”tailored to prevent burn-out, assist caregivers in developing skills and gaining the knowledge necessary to fulfill caregiving responsibilities.” It will run from 9am to 3:30pm and will feature other speakers, workshops, body massages, improv comedy and vendor booths—at the Robert Cabral Center.
Mary Nicholson founded Healings in Motion following a brain aneurysm, stroke and grand mal seizure—after she’d served as a caregiver for her husband, who’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Last year’s confab drew about 400 participants; it is hoped that this year’s will be even larger.