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Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

JJ Elliott Hill, Natalie Elliott Handy & Emilie Elliott
JJ Elliott Hill, Natalie Elliott Handy & Emilie Elliott

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The trio of sisters begins with Jenefer Jane “JJ” who was and always will be “in charge”. She’s the peacekeeper. The responsible one, ensuring Natalie and Emilie remained alive growing up. A seasoned executive and business owner, JJ’s career path had her spend her first 17 years in the finance industry and the most recent 12 years as a business owner in the real estate, manufacturing, and retail sectors. Next is Natalie, the middle child, who was and always will be Miss Congeniality. She’s the athlete. T

We are a trio of sisters supporting our mom who is living with Parkinson’s disease, and a husband who survived cancer.  We share the good, the bad, and the completely unbelievable of our caregiving journey.

Through storytelling, guest interviews, and helpful information, JJ, Natalie, Emilie and their guests discuss their shared experiences. Viewers and listeners alike will relate to the reluctance, be affirmed in their ability to be a caregiver and gain the courage to step out of the shadows to confidently express their own needs.

The goal is to instil hope by giving caregivers permission to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe and nurturing place. A judgment-free space where caregivers can be their most authentic selves, confessing their truths without shame or fear of rejection. Caregivers are sure to laugh, cry, and everything in between but in the end, all will leave feeling better for the journey and part of the sisterhood of care.

Episodes

Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

Parkinson's caregiver Paul Ptashnick learned to balance work, healthcare choices, and personal well-being. Adaptability, support, and communication were key.

Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

Carlos Olivas, a male caregiver, left his job to care for his father with Alzheimer's. He shares family stories, childhood memories, and caregiving challenges.

Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

Seeing his mother's decline on video calls, Todd Keitz flew to Florida, became her main advocate, and carefully orchestrated her care through 17 hospital stays.

Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

JJ and Natalie are updating you on our caregiving journeys - like a quarterly catch-up! Sharing highs and lows and hoping to support others in similar situations.

Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

Lisa Hale's caregiving journey - from sibling caretaker to mother's caregiver post-stroke, then a special needs stepson, and a husband with multiple sclerosis.

Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

Jennifer Jenkins began caring for her grandmother at 15, then became her brother's full-time caregiver and advocate for wounded veterans while raising her kids.

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