By Susan Baida
For this Thanksgiving holiday, we have so much to be thankful for.
We thank all of you, the community of eCare Diary caregivers, visitors and partners, who’ve helped make the site a success in such a short period of time. Our mission was to create a centralized place where caregivers could find help, information, and the support they need. John and I developed this site based on our own personal frustrations as caregivers with the hope that future caregivers would never have to go through what we did.
I am thrilled to report that in only 10 weeks since eCare Diary went live, the number of visitors and registered users more than exceeded our expectations. Response to the site has been amazing! We are overwhelmed by the emails offering thanks, support and terrific new ideas.
We are thankful for our experiences as caregivers. It wasn’t a role we expected or wanted. No one wants to watch their parents suffer through long term disease. However, while those were very difficult, sad times, that experience gave us a hard and fast education on long term care. We were exposed to information, resources and communities that lead to the creation of this site.
We are thankful for the loved ones in our lives more than ever. When you’ve suffered loss and death, you appreciate the people in your life in a whole new way. Around the holidays, John thinks about his parents a lot wishing that they were alive to have met our daughter, Avery. Their absence makes me more thankful than ever that my parents are still alive, and I appreciate them more profoundly.
We are thankful for our daughter Avery who just turned 19 months old. She has opened our hearts in ways we never expected. Giving birth to her reminded us of the preciousness and volatility of human life, interestingly similar to what we observe as caregivers.
We are thankful that eCare Diary is becoming a family affair. John’s sister, Polly Whitehorn, recently joined us as Director of Special Events and Outreach. Formerly of the Arthritis Foundation, Polly’s experience and networking has been invaluable in getting the word out about eCare Diary. Susan’s brother, Kevin Kim, has also joined eCare Diary as Web Designer. We are so fortunate to have his talent for developing clean, consumer-friendly designs; he is in the process of redesigning the site for eCare Diary 2.0 coming soon!
We are thankful for many new friends we’ve made and partnerships we’ve formed. Their generosity and assistance have helped propel eCare Diary. We thank and acknowledge them below.
We wish you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!
, CEO of ALTHA
(a hospital trade association), for featuring a 2 page story on eCare Diary in ALTHA’S quarterly newsletter
creator of Caregiving.com
(blog for caregivers), for inviting John to write a 3-part series on his caregiving experiences with his father
, author of Caring for Our Parents
, for his long term care expertise
, author of Enrich Your Caregiving Journey
, for her caregiving expertise and articles
for inviting John to write “Obamacare: Why it’s Different This Time
for publishing my article “Sex in the Workplace: A Caregiver’s Story”
, Founder of JibberJobber.com
(a relationship management website for professionals and entrepreneurs), for his advice, constant support, and plugs
, of CurrentMom.com
(a blog for tech mom entrepreneurs), for publishing my story, “Becoming An Accidental Entrepreneur
Karla Lightfoot and Stella Grizont
, of LadiesWhoLaunch.com
(women entrepreneurs website), for promoting the site and connecting me to an amazing community of female entrepreneurs
founder of Caring From a Distance
, for her advice, thoughts and insights.
Facebook Fans & Friends
, your thumbs up and support encourage us all the time!