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A Fundraiser for Sparta Area Cancer Support in Honor of Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a good time to remember those who are suffering with cancer and their caregivers. This disease has a devastating impact on our loved ones and their caregivers. The physical, emotional, and financial toll is heavy. Through the Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACs) organization, our community has done an outstanding job of coming together to be there for these people at a time when they need a friend more than ever.

Now, you can help make a difference too. In honor of Family Caregivers Month, you are invited to join us in an online fund-raiser for SACS. We are donating 10% of our November royalties made from the online Amazon sales of our new book, “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times” to Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS). Read More→

National Stress Awareness Day

Thursday, April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day.  It’s a topic very fitting for caregivers.

There seems to be an epidemic.  People are stressed.  You can see it on their faces and hear it in their voices.  With all that is going on in the world, is it any wonder people are stressed?  Read More→

Caregiver’s Life Message in a Candy Wrapper

Many of us have been there.  Sometimes you just have a yearning for a little piece of chocolate.  Eating that little piece of chocolate isn’t just a matter of pleasing your taste buds.  There’s a known relationship between chocolate and endorphins.  Endorphins are used by your neurons to communicate with each other.  Eating chocolate can release this chemical, which in turn can affect how people feel.  It actually causes people to feel pleasure.  Read More→

Our Interview Has Been Rescheduled to Wednesday, 18 February!

For those who were trying to listen in to my interview this afternoon…you didn’t find it because they couldn’t reach me due to some problems with their phone lines today. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, you found something else of interest to listen to while you were waiting!

Meanwhile, WRNW1-Women’s Radio Network requested to reschedule me for tomorrow, Wed, 18 Feb at 2:24 PM CST.  I rescheduled another appointment I had for tomorrow so I could do this interview.  I’m hoping the -30 below zero wind chill that is forecast doesn’t freeze all communications on this end tomorrow!  :)

You can use the same link as before:

Again, my apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Have a great night and try to stay warm!

Upcoming Interview on The Women’s Radio Network

We have a big day tomorrow!  The Women’s Radio Network (WRNW1) will be interviewing me about my work for Cancer Caregivers, which you see here on  Lisa Singer will be interviewing me live.

Care to join us?  It’s easy!  You can listen in on Tuesday,17 Feb 2015 at 3:00 PM CST.  Go to this link: , then click on the gray button that says, “CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE.”

Please share and spread the word so as many caregivers as possible can attend.  See you there!

Announcing Our 2nd Book in the “Cocoon of Love” Series!

It’s a beautiful and encouraging read for anyone who is a caregiver.

Title: Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers

Subtitle:  Get Through the Tough Times, Surround Your Loved One and Yourself with Love When You Need It Most

Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers

2nd in the Cocoon of Love Series

With the aging population, there are more and more cancer caregivers.  Although there are many books on the market to help caregivers, this one is not your usual caregiver book.  It digs into what is at the heart of all caregiving: love and compassion.  Filled with touching examples and practical advice, this book will encourage and inspire Cancer Caregivers to take better care of themselves so that they can also take better care of their loved one.  It will show them how to do it all with love.

Here’s an excerpt from the back cover:

At Last–Care for the Caregiver!

Soon after you begin caring for your loved one with Cancer, you realize what an overwhelming commitment you have made.  As you search for answers and understanding, you may feel alone and in need of someone to help you along.  It seems others don’t really understand what you are dealing with.  You may even feel like it’s all too much to bear.  You have a lot of questions.  “Cocoon of LoveTM for Cancer Caregivers” will take you on the caregiver journey with compassion and practical tips to help both you and your loved one through this difficult time.  It’s a beautiful read with a heart-warming message of love for the caregiver.

 Read on and discover —

  • How to care for yourself at this challenging time
  • How to make your loved one feel loved
  • Ways to bring comfort, compassion, and joy into your daily lives
  • What butterflies have to do with your loved one and you
  • How to face your fears head on
  • How to emerge from this experience a changed, but stronger person

…  After experiencing the struggles of care-giving first-hand for eight consecutive years, Susan developed a passion for helping caregivers deal with the physical and emotional toll care-giving takes.  Susan believes every caregiver could use a healthy dose of encouragement and inspiration to get them through the tough times…

Be watching for more updates on our special promotions of these two books in the “Cocoon of Love” series.

Get your copy of “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers” now on Amazon.

Announcing Our New Book for Caregivers!

We are pleased to announce our new book for Caregivers, “Cocoon of Love for Caregivers:  Surround Yourself With Love and Inspiration to Get Through the Tough Times.”  This book is the first in a series of inspirational books titled “Cocoon of Love”.

This inspirational book is designed to help and encourage busy caregivers at a challenging time in their lives.  It features short, uplifting readings to motivate and inspire the non-professional caregiver to loved ones who are ill or aging.  At some time in your life, you will probably have to be a caregiver to a loved one.  It is not an easy job. You can do it.  We can help!

Cocoon of Love for Caregivers

Cocoon of Love for Caregivers


Are you a caregiver?  Do you know someone who is?  What a perfect gift for the caregiver in your life!

We are in the process of scheduling some special events in conjunction the release of this book.  We will be having some tele-seminars and special promotions which you won’t want to miss!

Watch the website and blog for further details.

To get your copy of “Cocoon of Love for Caregivers” now on Amazon, go here:



May Day Musings

Happy May Day! 

The first of May always makes me think of my Mother.  Every year on May Day, she would recall her childhood days.  On May Day, their neighborhood would leave May Baskets on doorsteps for each other, then ring the doorbell and hide.  It was a fond memory.  Although we never did May Baskets, I always looked forward to hearing her tell the story every spring. 

Although the celebration of May Day may have fallen by the wayside, there is much to celebrate as we enter the month of May.  We see the grass greening up nicely while tree buds swell and burst open with new Read More→

Susan Brownell Featured in Article in Cure Magazine

Susan Brownell, founder of the Sanctucare Company andthe website,is featured in an articlein the Winter Edition of Cure Magazine. The article is about blended families and caring for a loved one with cancer. Because of her personal caregiver experiences, Sue was interviewed for this article about caring for step-parents with cancer.

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New Years Resolution

Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that 2010 is here.  Each time we throw out last year’s calendar and put the calendar for the new year in it’s place, we have a reminder of how quickly the past year has gone by. 

What will you “do” with the new year?  How many resolutions have you heard friends and family reciting?  Have you made any resolutions?  Whether you are into resolutions or not, this time of year offers us all reminders to examine how we live our lives.  What would you like to do better?  What areas of your life would you like to improve on?  As a caregiver, you may not have a lot of time to do what you would like to or should do. 

Make a commitment.  Make a resolution to take better care of yourself in 2010.  Do you need to improve your diet?  Are you struggling to find time to exercise?  Do you neglect your sleep habits?  Making a commitment to yourself at this time of year is a wonderful way to start the new year.  Start fresh.  It will give you a new sense of control at a time when you really need a boost.  Be accountable to yourself and a buddy.  Take care of yourself.  Commit and be renewed.  I know you can do it!  By doing so, you really will be heading into a HAPPY New Year!