Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver
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.
Using our past experiences professionally, combined with our caregiving experiences and a good bit of humor, we aim to relate, educate, inspire, and entertain.
Our Mission: Change the World: One Person. One Family. One Community at a Time.
Our Goal: To instill hope and build confidence by giving caregivers permission to outwardly express their inner-most thoughts and feelings. Empowered, caregivers will be their most authentic selves, courageously confessing their truths without shame or fear of rejection, ultimately living a happy, healthier life.
About Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver Podcast
Through storytelling, guest interviews, and information sharing, JJ, Natalie, and Emilie and their guests discuss their shared experiences. Viewers and listeners alike will relate to our reluctance, be affirmed in their ability to be a caregiver themselves, and gain the courage to step out of the shadows to confidently express their own needs.
The Sisters combine the power of relationships and technology to relate, educate, inspire, and provide resources to individuals of all ages, who are desperately seeking how to support their loved one while also maintaining their sense of self and sanity.
The goal is to instill 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.
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The Original Sisterhood
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. The rebel was responsible for three babysitters exiting the summer of ’84. Natalie’s journey led her to the human services field. A CEO at 31, her passion for serving others fast-tracked her way to the executive suite.
Then there is Emilie, the youngest, who was and always will be “the baby”. At 6’1”, she is the sensitive and quiet soul. The one responsible for the guinea pig that begged for lettuce and the stray dog we adopted from the bus stop. A natural-born caregiver, this mother of three has spent the majority of her life caring for others. She would serve the public in the government sector for 10 years before ultimately becoming the full-time caregiver for her mother.
We Can Help
Helpful resources are everywhere when it comes to caregiver support and suggestions, which is good but can also be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of our essential resources to share with you! The ones we’ve personally found helpful and insightful during our journey. It’s always growing so check in often!
JJ, Natalie and Emilie blog about their doubts, disasters, victories and lessons in caregiving. You’ll hear from the sisters as they work through difficult topics like “Rebuilding Relationships” and “When Financial Planning Fails” to “Why Mom Should Not Make Banana Pudding At 2am” and “When Mom Fires Emilie”. Learn, relate, and laugh. They know they’re not alone!
Reach New Heights
Using our past experiences professionally, combined with our caregiving experiences and a good bit of humor, we customize our services to meet the business needs of our partners in care. Seeking to meet our audience where they are, we engage caregivers via the confessions podcast, blog posts, website, social media, newsletters, emails blasts, membership, training, and speaking engagements.