On April 27, 2004 I sent into cyberspace my first paragraph.
“Why share? I hope to make my daily life easier. One hat you wear as a spouse/caregiver is "designated medical information press agent" <grin> and this way I only have to share once a day. In a larger view, most people will have to walk this path eventually. Why buy some book, feel free to peek in….”
I did not have a clue if I had even done it correctly or if anyone would ever read a word about caregiving for Multiple Sclerosis. ‘Blog’ was what our then 16 yr old did. What was I trying to do?
45 months later this caregiving blog, “Caregivingly Yours”, has been peeked at 24,600+ times. (average: 547 “peeks” a month)
15 months ago Jackie of "LifeInBama" encouraged me to expand into You Tube videos. Sharing exploded with this 21st Century communication tool. Some time this past week You Tube viewers passed almost 4 years of readers. 25,000+ viewers have clicked and watched “Caregivingly Yours Videos". (average: 1,669 “peeks” a month)
With demand snowballing, I launched www.CaregivinglyYours.com six (6) weeks ago. To make it easier for new readers, journal entries are categorized and entry highlights quicken any search. 5,323 hits have found the web site since its launch on December, 21, 2007. (average: 3,548 “peeks” a month)
Invisibility too often cloaks disabled people or those with a chronic illness as their needs increase. The story of the tragic death of Brenda Orr was as invisible in the news, outside of the immediate Philadelphia area, as most likely was a ‘bed bound’, 53 yr old woman with Multiple Sclerosis in life.
From that first paragraph four years ago through today’s growth sharing was also about ending invisibility.
I thank everyone who has taken a “peek”. You have enriched our journey.
Glancing around me, I admit there are not any more ‘hands’; yet caregiving sure feels a lot less alone. Thank You for joining us!
J Patrick Leer