100 episodes

Charlotte is a spousal caregiver who spent years feeling like she could never get control of her caregiving life. Most importantly she felt lonely because even though she had people to talk to she felt like there were some things they just wouldn’t understand. Once she got a handle on life and began to find ways to enjoy being a caregiver she wanted to help other caregivers not feel so alone.

If you’re a caregiver hoping to find you aren’t the only one feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, resentful, and alone... THIS IS FOR YOU! You will see yourself in Charlotte’s caregiving stories and learn skills and different ways to think of caregiving from authors, other caregivers, and experts in the caregiving field. You’ll laugh... cry... and if you’re on a walk it might occasionally stop you in your tracks. New episodes are released every Thursday.

Love Your Caregiving Life Charlotte Bayala

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Charlotte is a spousal caregiver who spent years feeling like she could never get control of her caregiving life. Most importantly she felt lonely because even though she had people to talk to she felt like there were some things they just wouldn’t understand. Once she got a handle on life and began to find ways to enjoy being a caregiver she wanted to help other caregivers not feel so alone.

If you’re a caregiver hoping to find you aren’t the only one feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, resentful, and alone... THIS IS FOR YOU! You will see yourself in Charlotte’s caregiving stories and learn skills and different ways to think of caregiving from authors, other caregivers, and experts in the caregiving field. You’ll laugh... cry... and if you’re on a walk it might occasionally stop you in your tracks. New episodes are released every Thursday.

    The Caregiver's Guide to Hierarchy of Information Sharing in Tough Times

    The Caregiver's Guide to Hierarchy of Information Sharing in Tough Times

    In this episode the host, Charlotte Bayala, delves into the delicate balance of friendships through the lens of caregiving. She opens up about the emotional complexities of sharing her husband’s cancer journey with friends and the inevitable hierarchy of communication that forms when managing such personal news. She reflects on the challenges of not overwhelming friends while also needing their support, the nuanced decisions of who to inform and when, and how different friends play different roles in our lives. 
     
    Whether it’s the people who are in the trenches with us or those we share light moments with, navigating these relationships requires tact, empathy, and an understanding of each other's capacities. 
     
    This episode explores not just the act of sharing difficult news, but also the broader implications of friendship, support, and personal boundaries within the caregiving space. Join us as we unpack these themes and consider how to appreciate and maintain the invaluable friendships that help sustain us through tough times.
     
     
    Find the full transcript and more caregiver support at https://www.loveyourcaregivinglife.com

    • 13 min
    The Power of Personal Choices in Caregiving Relationships

    The Power of Personal Choices in Caregiving Relationships

    This episode explores the critical idea that caregiving relationships are deeply personal and not subject to a one-size-fits-all approach. Charlotte emphasizes the importance of ignoring external judgment, focusing instead on what works best individually for caregivers and those they care for. Join us as we discuss maintaining personal connections, navigating societal expectations, and the power of defining your own caregiving journey.
    Find the full transcript and more caregiver support at https://www.loveyourcaregivinglife.com

    • 9 min
    Cancer Buddy: Where Tech Meets Compassion and Support

    Cancer Buddy: Where Tech Meets Compassion and Support

    Listen to this powerful episode with Christine Anastos as we dive deep into the importance of peer support for caregivers and cancer patients. We're excited to share the Cancer Buddy app with you—a game-changing platform that connects individuals to share experiences and access resources. The Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation's support is just a click away, helping you find financial assistance and counseling. Whether you're seeking connection, resources, or support, Cancer Buddy's got you covered. Tune into our latest episode to learn more about how this tool can transform your caregiving life, and don't miss out on bringing support right into the palm of your hand.

    Find transcrips and links at https://www.loveyourcaregivinglife.com/blog

    • 39 min
    Caregiver Confessions During Cancer Scare Season

    Caregiver Confessions During Cancer Scare Season

    Host Charlotte Bayala courageously opens up about the anxiety and tension that comes with cancer scan time in her household. As her husband faces uncertain shifts in his cancer diagnosis, they're navigating the unfamiliar territory of traveling to a different state for medical tests, adding a layer of stress to their lives. Charlotte reflects on how supporting her husband in an unknown environment will inevitably change them, while dealing with the mix of emotions such as worry, anger, and fear.
    She discusses the challenging balance between acknowledging these feelings and not letting them overpower her. With self-care as her tool, Charlotte emphasizes the importance of staying present and enjoying the good moments, despite the looming medical appointments. Recognizing the importance of being the best caregiver she can be means being mindful not to exhaust herself before critical moments where her support is needed the most. Charlotte's message is clear: being a caregiver is about acknowledging the tough reality while also finding ways to love your life and allow happiness in, despite the hardships.

    • 9 min
    Why Time Flies and Crawls for Caregivers

    Why Time Flies and Crawls for Caregivers

    In today's episode of 'Love Your Caregiving Life', we dive deep into the essence of time. Explore the scientific aspect of how global changes might steal a second from our clocks, but more importantly, reflect on how time resonates with us as caregivers. Notice how a single second can bring about life-altering news, and yet, also be inconsequential in the grand scheme. Talk about being present in the moment, cherishing the tiny fragments of time with our loved ones that build memories worth a lifetime. Remember, every second counts—it's what we make of it that defines our caregiving journey. 
    Find the transcript and support at https://www.loveyourcaregivinglife.com

    • 6 min
    You Can't Fix Them

    You Can't Fix Them

    If you're a caregiver, you know the emotional weight that comes with the love and responsibility of caring for a loved one. Our latest episode tackles a tough truth: despite our deepest desires, we can't make our loved ones want to care for themselves. This episode is a heartfelt exploration into the delicate balance between encouraging wellness and respecting the autonomy of those we support.
    Find more support and episode transcripts at https://www.loveyourcaregivinglife.com/blog

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Snowball1985 ,

Five Star Review

Loved Press Play: The Soundtrack of Life as a Caregiver episode as I have definitely been leaning into my worship playlist as inspiration and hope on the hard days as a busy wife, mother, and caregiver for my epileptic husband and aging father while I am building my coaching business.

Knowing that music is something we need to cope mentally, emotionally and spiritually with the every day stress as a caregiver is resonating even more after this episode!

Oklahoma Lisa ,

Sitting with a friend

Every time I listen to Charlotte share her experience on Caregiver Connection, I feel as though I'm sitting on the sofa having a 'tell-it-like-it-is-cuppa-tea' with a dear friend. She is both soothing and direct. I appreciate her candor, her honesty, and her ability to find pockets of joy in the midst of the chaos of being a caregiver. She knows what she is talking about because she lives it. I'm grateful she is willing to share her wisdom with the rest of us!

cecsta ,

For everyone sheltering-in-place

I love this podcast. Listening made me realize that I’ve been a caregiver all my life and anyone experiencing shelter in place is dealing with major change, grief and renewal. Thank you Charlotte, the world needs to hear your message!

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