Today we have an interview with an awesome Health Activist – Marla Murasko – who you may recognize from last month’s Advocating For Others webinar. This interview is a look into Marla’s advocacy and hints at our September topic: Working and Health Activism. Marla started her own online community for Mom Entrepreneurs who are also passionate about Special Needs causes. When she’s not focused on Health Activism and caring for her son Jacob, Marla enjoys taking time out to work on her business – another one of her passions. It’s been wonderful getting to know Marla and to hear how became a Health Activist and how she continues to advocate for her son and provide a support network for other working moms.
Today we’re excited to share with you an interview with a Health Activist caregiver, parent, author, blogger, and hard-working advocate for another. Adrienne Bashista is active online in numerous different places, co-authored the book Easy to Love but Hard to Raise, writes at a blog of the same name, active in the online ADHD, FASD, and developmental disorder communities. Her mission online, which is reflected wonderfully in this interview, is to be real about the challenges and struggles that come with caring for a child with “invisible” disabilities. I think you’ll enjoy what Adrienne had to say as much as I did, and hopefully learned a thing or two. –Amanda
Today we have a post written by Tayla that takes an inside look into a specific type of caregiving and the interesting implications therein. –Amanda
Grandparents and Caregiving – The “Skip” Generation
by Tayla Holman
A growing area of caregiving is that of grandparents taking care of their grandchildren, or even their great-grandchildren. Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren are often referred to as the “skip generation.” A “skip” generation refers to a generation two or more below a person. The resulting household is sometimes called a “grandfamily.”
If you’re look for an idea for something to write about this month, swing back to this post and customize one of these prompts! Feel free to use anywhere on the web be it your blog, your Facebook, or in video form. And, as always, if you’re inspired by a prompt and try it out in your health community – drop us a note and we’ll help you promote!
Here is a great post to kick off our August theme of Advocating for Others written by Editorial Intern Colin DeMatteis that shares some resources for Health Activist caregivers. Caregiving is a significant undertaking no matter who the person receiving the care is. If you’re looking for more information on caregiving or just want to check out some places for support, Colin’s compiled a great collection that should be helpful for you to share with caregivers you may know in your community. –Amanda
Last month we looked at self-empowerment and how to advocate for yourself, as a patient, and help your community members to do the same for themselves. This month we’re going to look at another type of advocating that has a whole different set of challenges, rules, and definitions of success: advocating for others.