Jess Ronne and I talk about self-care for the caregiver. You may not currently be in a caregiver role but at some point in our lives many of us find ourselves there. Today’s guest is the mother of eight children, one of whom has profound special needs, and she was the caregiver for her husband who suffered for three years with brain cancer. She shares today about what she’s learned regarding self-care for the caregiver.
Jess shares more of her story and ways you can help in 7 Ways to Help Care for Special Needs Families.
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Quotables from the Episode:
- As a caregiver, my life depends on respite. Sometimes we have to search for pockets of respite.
- As a caregiver, we need to be intentional about good habits to take care of ourselves so we can continue caring for others.
- Self-care is taking care of your body (exercise, nutrition, adequate sleep) so we can continue caring for others.
- As a caregiver, you may need to ask your spouse when they can give you a little time for yourself that fits around their needs and schedule.
- One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned through caregiving is not to get caught up looking at the future and trying to control it.
- As a caregiver, your job is to stay obedient to what God called you to do and release control to God.
- The caregiver’s to-do list never ends.
- Caregivers desperately want to be seen.
- Psalm 23:1-3 “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths bringing honor to his name.
- Isaiah 35:10 NLT “Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.”
Recommended Resources: (If there are affiliate links in this post, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you)).
- Sunlight Burning at Midnight by Jessica Ronne
- Blended with Grip and Grace: Just Keep Livin’ When Life is Unexpected by Jessica Ronne
- Documentary Unseen: Exposing the Mental Health Crisis Among Special Needs Caregivers
- Recognition/Respite for Special Needs Caregivers: TheLucasProject.org
- Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises from God to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
- YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 1
- YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 2
- Revive and Thrive Virtual Women’s Conference
- Trusting God Through Cancer Summit 1
- Trusting God Through Cancer Summit 2
- 10 Minute Turnaround Courses: 10 Minutes a Day Unlocks the Secrets to Change Your Life
- Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win
- Award-Winning Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
- Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide
- Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip
- Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
- Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
- How To Help a Depressed Loved One free eBook
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Jess Ronne is an author, speaker, documentary producer, and caregiver advocate. She is the founder and executive director of The Lucas Project—a non-profit dedicated to provide recognition, resources, and respite for special needs families. She and her husband, Ryan, live in Tennessee with their 8 children, including their son, Lucas, who has profound special needs. Her story of beauty from ashes has been shared on The Today Show, Daily Mail, and Huffington Post, and is detailed in her memoir Sunlight Burning at Midnight. To follow the ongoing saga, she can be found at Jessplusthemess.com or thelucasproject.org.
Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson