Stories are wonderful things.
And these stories are even better because they’re from the heart.
Real people who have had to summon the courage to get through some of their own life’s adversities, survive and then share their intimate stories with the Carers Couch community.
These are my heroes, and after watching their life’s stories they’ll be yours too.
I really appreciate you opening up your hearts, and I thank you from the bottom of mine.
Advanced Care Planning @ Royal Melbourne Hospital-Advance Care Planning is a process of patients deciding what is important to them and writing it down. Advance Care Planning is defined as a "process of planning for future health and personal care whereby the person's values, beliefs and preferences are made known so that they can guide decision making at a future time READ ON
Pastoral Care @The Royal Melbourne-Pastoral Care aims to respond to the diverse spiritual and emotional concerns experienced through hospitalisation for patients and those who care for them.
The Carers Foundation-Our Mission is to be an advocate for family carers of all ages in the community, by providing preventative wellness programs for mental and physical wellbeing. This in turn helps to avert health crisis breakdowns in carers.
Pippin Ellis, The Founder of Hospital Helpers-The founder of Hospital Helpers, Pippin Ellis, is an experienced nurse working in acute cancer care. In this highly stressful and emotive environment, Pippin has seen first-hand how helpless friends and family of recently-diagnosed patients can feel.
Karen Jorgensen, BrainLink Services-BrainLink BrainLink Services is a Victorian based service that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people affected by acquired disorders of the brain. BrainLink’s first priority is to respond to the immediate needs of the families and friends of those who are living with an acquired brain disorder. Some of these conditions READ ON
Kaylene & Phillip-Kaylene & Phillip Just married 3 months! The world was our oyster! Or was it? The year was 1991. Phillip was 42 when he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. When cancer comes into your lives, a significant adjustment occurs. The future is confusing. The medical practitioners tell you different stories!! Loved ones want to help READ ON
Maggie Macgill-Maggie Macgill Maggie is an accomplished Chi Running® and Pilates teacher with 17 years of international coaching experience. She also holds a degree in research methods, Masters level certification in Pilates and is a qualified life coach. Her clients have included sufferers of acute and chronic pain through to professional sportspeople, Paralympians and Olympic gold READ ON
Caring for the carer in all of us!-He captured my heart, body and mind from a young age. This year he has truly captured my soul. He dances to the beat of his own drum, which is different to most. He lives in the now and is full of endless energy (seriously!) and abundant happiness.
Alex Austin-He captured my heart, body and mind from a young age. This year he has truly captured my soul. He dances to the beat of his own drum, which is different to most. He lives in the now and is full of endless energy (seriously!) and abundant happiness.
Anoula Galettis-My name is Anoula and I have cancer. I was pregnant when I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive lung cancer. I was told it had spread to my lymphs and was inoperable. Any treatment would be trial and error.
Zoe Alexander – Energetic Healer & Transformational Coach-I'm Zoe Alexander and I’ve been professionally helping people transform and connect to who they are for 16 years, either as a healer, holistic and transformational coach, spiritual mentor, meditation teacher or flower essence creator. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
Sharan Kafoa – Confession of a Carer-My brother and I suggested he stay in the area as he had a lot of friends, but an acre of land was a lot for him to look after on his own, something smaller would suit him better and be less of an effort for him to look after.
Khoa Lee-Khao Lee is young, male, fit and healthy. Not what you’d expect a carer to look like… but isn’t that the point? You can’t tell what a person is going through by the way they appear to the world.
Diagnosis or death sentence-Diagnosis... it can feel like a death sentence. Getting the diagnosis can be just as traumatic as the disease itself – in that split second, our life is forever altered. Someone else, in a position of power has exercised control over the life of our loved one and is pointing the bone... “they’ve got a READ ON
Keys to Make Recovery a Reality-There are things we can do to get better - to survive, heal and recover - from traumatic events such as accident, disease and disability. Even when we are handed an apparently final situation or when things are hopeless and it seems all is lost, it is completely possible to make a come back. Big READ ON
6 Rules to Fuel your “Body Vehicle”-Our body is under a lot of stress as a Carer, and generally speaking, we have a consistently higher stress threshold than the average person. Loving and respecting our own body, helps our body help us, to help them! Whew... Say that 10 times fast! Seriously though, nothing could be more true. How we fuel READ ON
Setting Loving Boundaries-Putting On Your Big Kid Panties: Setting Loving Boundaries “You need to stop doing everything and take some time for you”, says the well meaning friend. “Yeah right.. like that’s an option” you reply with a hint of victim and martre. If this is you, it’s time to get your big kid panties on, READ ON
10 Self-care Tips To Be A Better Carer-So what can you do to get a little ‘me time’ amongst all the responsibility? Here are 10 simple self-care moments you can integrate into your everyday to give yourself a little love: Go outside and pick some fresh flowers or foliage for the kitchen table. Make a point to breathe in the fresh air READ ON
Self-care…What’s that?!-It’s no surprise that when it comes to self-care, the Carer is on the back foot, to begin with. We don’t have time to look after ourselves… we have to clean, cook, manage the meds, get to specialists, shower, change dressings, balance the budget, get groceries, change beds, and get everything else done before READ ON