Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate: Dr. Cynthia Speaks!

Make Caregivers and Caregiving Count! (MCaCC)

It has taken me a few days to collect myself. For sure, being silent was NOT an option! As with many of you, the 6th of January 2021 will forever be in our mind and memory. While more critical issues are facing us, we witnessed an event that left me saying, “God heal our land.” What else can one say? I lit candles on the altar of my heart and asked myself what role is mine in all of this? First, character counts! Character matters! No question!

I am a citizen on this planet. While I do not have true ownership of our land, I exist in it. I live within a pandemic, clear ethnic inequality, entitlement patterns of behavior, indeed a split nation. And while we major in the minors, seniors in our communities need food, care, support, and resources, not foolishness and foolery!

So, what is my role? Here is my answer. My queen, Shibbolethia B. Lewis taught me the importance of being a caregiver. She is my fuel. She would say… keep going! Walk in “purpose.” Speak “with purpose.” This is my purpose! I am your Proactive Caregiver Advocate, and my platform is to give a voice and resource for the caregiving community — those who may tackle the role of caregiver and need guidance in the caregiving space. I am here for you! Let us get back to the business at hand of being our brother’s keeper, our neighbor’s keeper, our senior’s keeper. Make Caregivers and Caregiving Count!

Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman is author and speaker. Her book: From the Lens of Daughter, Nurse, and Caregiver: A Journey of Duty and Honor shares caregiving tips.

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