Entries by Tandy Elisala

Empowered Family Caregiver Interview Highlights With Christy Vacchio

Increasing Awareness About Caring for the Rare Disease Child and the Reality of Being a Pioneer Listen to the episode 30 of the Empowered Family Caregiver podcast with guest, Christy Vacchio, right here. November is #DiabetesAwarenessMonth and Christy has two children with DEND syndrome. DEND is a very rare, generally severe form of neonatal diabetes mellitus […]

The Complete Caregiver Respite Guide You Need to Know

Becoming a family caregiver often means feeling all consumed with taking care of a loved one. It can mean spending 24/7 caring for someone else in addition to raising your own family, working, or balancing all areas of life. Respite provides caregivers a break from their daily responsibilities. If you aren’t one of the 66 […]

Empowered Family Caregiver Interview Highlights With Kate Schutt

Changing the conversation around death and dying Listen to the episode 29 of the Empowered Family Caregiver podcast with guest, Kate Schutt, right here. We had a tender conversation about her journey as a caregiver for her mother and how she changed the conversation around death and dying. It’s a beautiful story of love, compassion, courage, […]

Empowered Family Caregiver Interview Highlights with Dr. Nicole Rochester

I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Nicole Rochester on my Empowered Family Caregiver podcast. Hear how and why Dr. Nicole left her 17-year medical career to work with families on the receiving end of medical care. We had a great conversation about the importance of and how to empower family advocates. Dr. Nicole offers […]

Empowered Family Caregiver Interview Highlights With Virginia Sampson

I had the privilege of interviewing Virginia Hunter Sampson on my Empowered Family Caregiver podcast. We had a great conversation about the importance of exercising radical self-compassion. Virginia offers some serious wisdom with 3 ways family caregivers can embrace self-compassion. She also shares a meltdown tip that is so easy it will blow your mind. […]

Empowered Family Caregiver Interview with Lynette Whiteman

Empowered Family Caregiver Interview Overview I had the honor of interviewing Lynette Whiteman on my Empowered Family Caregiver podcast. We had a great conversation about: The biggest thing that a new caregiver needs to do when first becoming a caregiver. She equates this step to “Columbo.”  The best way to get the help you need […]

17 Revealing Lessons About Death That Will Make You Think Differently About Life

So far this year, I’ve seen more grief and death among family, friends, and community than in recent memory. I’ve been reflecting on these deaths ranging from a friend’s two-day-old baby to 81-year old beloved senator John S McCain III who served our country for 60 years. I’m sure you’d agree that when death hits, […]