In 2012, I left my adopted home in North Carolina and moved back across the country and into my family home where, at 96, my mother was still living. As best laid intentions often go, I stayed longer than I expected.
While I lived with and cared for my mother, I wrote this blog. She died in 2018, and I (eventually) moved my blog to cover new adventures. You can find me at www.writingdownthe story.com.
Now, at the end of 2021, I am returning to the family caregiver scene with a brand new “full service” website as a caregiver ally. (And in anticipation of the publication of my memoir about mother care, to be published in November 2022 by She Writes Press: Mother Lode: Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver. More about that on the new website.)
The site is under construction, but I hope it will be ready soon at GretchenStaebler.com. I’m excited! If you aren’t following this site, feel free to do so, and get an email when the new site is activated. Meanwhile, feel free to explore the archives here.
I hope you will join me for inspiration, ideas, information about aging, and “permission” to feel everything you feel. This is hard work. You are not alone.