January 28th, 2011 at 6:23 am
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“Share Why You Care” contest entries are all winners

by Carol Bursack

Caregivers, you did it! You wrote your stories to inspire others and to help lift their days. You voted for the stories that moved you the most. You’ve picked the “Share Why You Care” contest winners, but you are all winners–every one of you. The world needs you to pass on your wisdom, your courage and your love. Our deepest gratitude to you all.

Grand prize winner

Congratulations to Dana C. from Indianapolis, Indiana with 957 votes. In “No Place Like Home,” Dana tells her story of being a live-in caregiver. Dana ends her tale with these poignant words:

Although the constant responsibility of being a live-in caregiver can at times be taxing, it is far more rewarding to see how you can change someone’s life so drastically. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Ernie is surrounded by his family, friends, faithful dogs, and familiar surroundings. I feel this is the way life should be for everyone.”

Dana won a $250 certificate for a spa of her choice plus a day of in-home care for her loved one.

Second place winner

Second place winner, Eileen D. from Hull, Massachusetts with her post titled “Parent/Child Role Reversal“, received 895 votes. Eileen ends her post with the words:

“It has been quite challenge caring for the two of them and emotionally for me it’s really weird since they took care of me for the first 18 years of my life and now I am taking care of them. My parents have been happily married for 66 years. How awesome is that!

Eileen won a check for $200.

Third place winner

The third place winner is Joyce O. of Coal City, West Virginia with 408 votes. In her post “Baby Boomer & Career Employee Becomes A Caregiver Twice,” Joyce tells of her time caring for her 32-year-old daughter who died of breast cancer. Joyce eventually went on to care for her own mother.

Joyce won a check for $100.

Weekly winners

Congratulations once more to our weekly winners who each won $50:

Each story has been an inspiration to many other caregivers. Please keep sharing comments and ideas by reading articles and blog posts on ElderCareLink.com and commenting. We want to hear from you.

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