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Rayna Neises A Season of Caring

Rayna Neises understands the joys and challenges that come from a season of caring. She helped care for both of her parents during their separate battles with Alzheimer’s over a thirty-year span. She is able to look back on those days now with no regrets – and she wishes the same for everyone caring for aging parents.

Rayna is the author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, an ICF certified coach, the host of “A Season of Caring” podcast, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC)Independent Certified Trainer and speaker who is passionate about offering encouragement, support, and resources for regret-free caring aimed at preventing family caregivers from aimlessly wandering through this important season of life.

Rayna lives on a farm in southeast Kansas with her husband, Ron, and small pack of adorable dogs. She is the baby of her family, but most would never guess that. She is a former teacher who enjoys crafts of all kinds and spending time with her grandkids most of all.

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Finding Laughter And Resilience In Caregiving: Stories Of Hope With Leah Stanley &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Finding Laughter and Resilience in Caregiving: Stories of Hope with Leah Stanley

When life handed Leah Stanley a caregiving role she never anticipated, it led her down a path filled with challenges, humor, and profound lessons. At twenty-nine, Leah's life took a sharp turn af…

When life handed Lea…

When life handed Leah Stanley a caregiving role she never anticipated, it led her down a path filled with challenges, humor, and profound lessons. At twenty-nine, Leah's life took a sharp turn after a phone call pulled back the curtain on her grandparents' struggles with dementia. She bravely stepped into the Caregiver role, navigating the twists and turns of a disease that often feels like a maze without an exit. Through our candid conversation, you'll hear how Leah tackled the steep learning curve of dementia care and the ways in which maintaining dignity and purpose became he…

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Finding Joy In Giving Care: Stories Of Hope With Dr. Sheri Yarbrough &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Finding Joy in Giving Care: Stories of Hope with Dr. Sheri Yarbrough

Dr. Sherry Yarbrough's voice joins mine in this episode to share her own poignant shift from daughter to Caregiver as we unravel the complicated tapestry of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer&a…

Dr. Sherry Yarbrough…

Dr. Sherry Yarbrough's voice joins mine in this episode to share her own poignant shift from daughter to Caregiver as we unravel the complicated tapestry of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's. Together, we tackle the emotional hurdles of diagnosis and the profound responsibilities that caregivers embrace, balancing Self-Care with the selfless task of attending to those who once tended to us. Dr. Yarbrough's touching recollection of her mother's lucid moments on a beach trip serves as a heartfelt reminder to cherish every fleeting connection.The conversation delves into …

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Wyatt'S Legacy: Stories Of Hope With Laura Atkins &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Wyatt's Legacy: Stories of Hope with Laura Atkins

When the unimaginable becomes your reality, where do you find the strength to move forward? Laura Atkins opens her heart to us, detailing the profound journey as a mother and Caregiver to her son, Wya…

When the unimaginabl…

When the unimaginable becomes your reality, where do you find the strength to move forward? Laura Atkins opens her heart to us, detailing the profound journey as a mother and Caregiver to her son, Wyatt, who bravely faced the trials of Coats-Plus syndrome. Through love-laced stories, Laura describes Wyatt's Resilience in dealing with no diagnosis, the emotional toll of frequent hospitalizations, and relentless bone fractures. Her voice carries the weight of a mother's love and the unspoken bond of family as she reflects on the joy Wyatt brought to everyone around him, despite his own…

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Embracing Change And Choosing Joy: Stories Of Hope With Diana Derringer &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Embracing Change and Choosing Joy: Stories of Hope with Diana Derringer

Imagine walking alongside someone with the strength to face a brain tumor diagnosis, heart attacks, and stroke-like symptoms. Today, we're honored to have Diana Derringer join us, sharing her tra…

Imagine walking alon…

Imagine walking alongside someone with the strength to face a brain tumor diagnosis, heart attacks, and stroke-like symptoms. Today, we're honored to have Diana Derringer join us, sharing her transformative journey as a Caregiver, filled with Resilience, adaptability, and wisdom. As Diana recounts the complexities of managing memory issues and fatigue, you'll be moved by the reality of what it means to find a new normal after each health crisis. Her narrative is a testament to the power of a strong support system and the remarkable ability to continuously adjust and thrive despite li…

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Uplifting Innovation Brings Empowerment: Stories Of Hope With Steve Powell &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Uplifting Innovation Brings Empowerment: Stories of Hope with Steve Powell

Steve Powell's story is a beautiful example of how love and necessity can spark innovation. Rayna Neises had the honor of discussing Steve's mission to create a world where the elderly and d…

Steve Powell's …

Steve Powell's story is a beautiful example of how love and necessity can spark innovation. Rayna Neises had the honor of discussing Steve's mission to create a world where the elderly and disabled can rise with dignity.  His invention was born from witnessing his own parents' struggles, a challenge he met with a blend of compassion and creativity.Steve Powell recounts the painful reality of his parents' frequent falls and inability to get up on their own due to health issues and its impact. Driven by a divine nudge and his parents' plight, Steve, a creative technolog…

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Faith Required To Embrace Long-Distance Caregiving: Stories Of Hope With Liuda &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Faith Required to Embrace Long-Distance Caregiving: Stories of Hope with Liuda

Navigating the complex currents of caregiving from afar, our guest Liuda, a retired pharmacist with a heart as vast as her experience, invites us into her world of love, loss, and devotion. She talks …

Navigating the compl…

Navigating the complex currents of caregiving from afar, our guest Liuda, a retired pharmacist with a heart as vast as her experience, invites us into her world of love, loss, and devotion. She talks about the emotional challenges of taking care of family members who are far away.  Liuda shares personal stories of her father's passing, dealing with dementia, and inheriting the care of her brother who lives with a traumatic brain injury.  Through her stories, she shines a light on the difficulties faced by long-distance caregivers.This conversation isn't just about the hurdles; it&a…

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Legacy, Health And Innovation: Stories Of Hope With Terri Liggins &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Legacy, Health and Innovation: Stories of Hope with Terri Liggins

Terri Liggins' journey from Las Vegas back home to Columbus, Ohio, was not just a change in location, but the start of her caregiving story that she passionately shares with us on the Season of C…

Terri Liggins' …

Terri Liggins' journey from Las Vegas back home to Columbus, Ohio, was not just a change in location, but the start of her caregiving story that she passionately shares with us on the Season of Caring podcast. Losing her father, taking care of her mother, and dealing with life during a global pandemic is a story that many of us can relate to. Terri openly shares the challenges and unexpected blessings of caring for a loved one, giving listeners a heartfelt look into the realities of preparing for life's uncertainties.Terri recounts her and her mom's transformation by the remarka…

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Cherished Moments And Hard-Won Wisdom: Stories Of Hope With Yolanda &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Cherished Moments and Hard-Won Wisdom: Stories of Hope with Yolanda

Experience the courageous story of Yolanda Lucas as she fearlessly shares her heartfelt journey of providing care for her mother for 15 years.  Her path has taken her from the sidelines of support to…

Experience the coura…

Experience the courageous story of Yolanda Lucas as she fearlessly shares her heartfelt journey of providing care for her mother for 15 years.  Her path has taken her from the sidelines of support to the forefront of advocacy in the intricate realm of medical care. We talk about how caregiving can reveal personal growth, Resilience, and strong family connections. We learn about Yolanda's life, which has been full of challenges, successes, and meaningful moments. In this soul-stirring episode, we also unwrap the wisdom discovered by Yolanda as she opens up about the profound moments of d…

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Marriage Strengthened By Caregiving And Devotion: Stories Of Hope With Joan Borton &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Marriage Strengthened by Caregiving and Devotion: Stories of Hope with Joan Borton

When you meet someone who navigates life's hurdles with grace and a smile, you can't help but want to delve into their story. That's precisely what we do with Joan Borton, a disability …

When you meet someon…

When you meet someone who navigates life's hurdles with grace and a smile, you can't help but want to delve into their story. That's precisely what we do with Joan Borton, a disability advocate whose marriage to Jerry—a man living with cerebral palsy—is a beacon of love, faith, and dedication. Joan opens her heart to us, recounting the evolution from their serendipitous meeting to the deepened bond that caregiving has woven into their partnership. She isn't shy about the obstacles: managing a long-distance relationship pre-marriage, financial tightropes, and the emotion…

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Caregiving A Journey Of Heart And Spirit: Stories Of Hope With Althea Mcintyre &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Caregiving a Journey of Heart and Spirit: Stories of Hope with Althea McIntyre

 Althea McIntyre joins host, Rayna Neises, in this episode. She shares her perspective on the connection between caregiving, faith, and personal growth. They delve into the rich tapestry of caregivin…

 Althea McIntyre jo…

 Althea McIntyre joins host, Rayna Neises, in this episode. She shares her perspective on the connection between caregiving, faith, and personal growth. They delve into the rich tapestry of caregiving, sharing insights from their own experiences with their fathers. From the intense demands of high-need periods to the tranquility of more stable times, exploring the full spectrum of emotions and responsibilities that define the Caregiver's role.Contemplating the impact of creating significant moments, such as Althea's life-changing adventure to Aruba alongside her father, which have t…

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Best Of #1: Stories Of Hope With Tammy Marvin &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Best of #1: Stories of Hope with Tammy Marvin

Caregiving, in its rawest form, is an odyssey of love, loss, and Resilience that can both break and fortify the human spirit. Witness the profound journey of Tammy Marvin as she shares her experiences…

Caregiving, in its r…

Caregiving, in its rawest form, is an odyssey of love, loss, and Resilience that can both break and fortify the human spirit. Witness the profound journey of Tammy Marvin as she shares her experiences of bidding a sacred farewell to her mother, father, and sister. Through her sorrow and strength, you'll find solace in the invisible threads of faith and family that hold us together, even as the physical world tries to pull us apart.Tammy's voice resonates with the echoes of a blended family's love, and the episode is laden with moments that reveal the tender balance between joy a…

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Best Of 2023: Stories Of Hope With Minty Swanson &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Best of 2023: Stories of Hope with Minty Swanson

When Minty Swanson agreed to join me on the podcast, I knew her story would resonate with anyone who has ever loved deeply and fought fiercely. Minty bravely opens up about her role as a Caregiver for…

When Minty Swanson a…

When Minty Swanson agreed to join me on the podcast, I knew her story would resonate with anyone who has ever loved deeply and fought fiercely. Minty bravely opens up about her role as a Caregiver for her husband, Chris, weaving through the complexities of multiple cancer diagnoses during the isolating times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her narrative is a testament to the Resilience and humor that can spring from the heaviest of hearts, providing a beacon for those navigating the rough seas of terminal illness within their own families.Our conversation takes us into the heart of caregiving Grief,…

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Best Of 2023 #3: Delivering Comfort And Purpose: Stories Of Hope With Tonja Moon &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Best of 2023 #3: Delivering Comfort and Purpose: Stories of Hope with Tonja Moon

Join Rayna Neises as she learns about the mission of The Grand Baby Project with Tonja Moon, founder. In this touching episode, Tonja unravels her personal narrative of caring for her dementia-stricke…

Join Rayna Neises as…

Join Rayna Neises as she learns about the mission of The Grand Baby Project with Tonja Moon, founder. In this touching episode, Tonja unravels her personal narrative of caring for her dementia-stricken grandmother, revealing the unexpected calming power of lifelike baby dolls and they offer joy and a sense of purpose to those battling with memory loss. As we traverse Tonja's journey, we uncover the triumphs, the struggles, and the surprising response of men with dementia to this therapy.But that's not all. As we delve deeper, the conversation sheds light on the pivotal role of caregi…

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Best Of 2023: Stories Of Hope With Peggy Bodde &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
Best of 2023: Stories of Hope with Peggy Bodde

Ever found yourself in the middle of a caregiving journey, feeling overwhelmed, yet strangely blessed? You are not alone. Join me, Rayna Neises, as I welcome Peggy Bode, a fellow Caregiver who sheds l…

Ever found yourself …

Ever found yourself in the middle of a caregiving journey, feeling overwhelmed, yet strangely blessed? You are not alone. Join me, Rayna Neises, as I welcome Peggy Bode, a fellow Caregiver who sheds light on the complexities, challenges, and rewards of caring for loved ones - specifically, in-laws. Peggy shares a memorable tale about her father-in-law's unique love language - giving treats. This story and others serve as refreshing reminders that there's joy, warmth, and God's presence to be discovered even in demanding caregiving moments.We also dive into the intricacies of car…

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The Importance Of Empathy, Communication And Support In Caregiving: Stories Of Hope With Pamela Duran &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
The Importance of Empathy, Communication and Support in Caregiving: Stories of Hope with Pamela Duran

When it comes to caregiving, every journey is unique and filled with its own set of challenges. Imagine being the primary Caregiver for a loved one battling with health issues like cancer and a vagus …

When it comes to car…

When it comes to caregiving, every journey is unique and filled with its own set of challenges. Imagine being the primary Caregiver for a loved one battling with health issues like cancer and a vagus nerve condition. That’s the story of our guest today, Pamela Durand, who courageously took on these demanding responsibilities. Her experiences and insights, including the difficult decision of taking away her father’s driving privileges, empathize with the often silent battles caregivers endure, highlighting the importance of empathy, communication, and support.Navigating through the differen…

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The Loving Struggle Of Caregiving While Parenting: Stories Of Hope With Jill &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
The Loving Struggle of Caregiving While Parenting: Stories of Hope with Jill

Have you ever wondered what it's like to care for a loved one with dementia while raising you kids? Join us as Jill Pietroburgo shares her heartwarming journey of caring for her mother and raisin…

Have you ever wonder…

Have you ever wondered what it's like to care for a loved one with dementia while raising you kids? Join us as Jill Pietroburgo shares her heartwarming journey of caring for her mother and raising her children. Jill, an early childhood special education and co-founder of Eagles Wings Ministry, gracefully and lovingly navigates the complexities of dementia caregiving. She offers a unique perspective on the challenges and successes of this journey. Jill's story takes us from the onset of her mother's illness, through the difficulties of finding suitable care, and ultimately, her …

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A Difficult Relationship And Honoring Wishes Brings Healing: Stories Of Hope With Lil Glamben &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
A Difficult Relationship and Honoring Wishes Brings Healing: Stories of Hope with Lil Glamben

Do you find yourself struggling with the complex dynamics of caregiving? Meet Lil Glamben, someone who knows firsthand how caregiving can change and strain a relationship. Lil faced numerous challenge…

Do you find yourself…

Do you find yourself struggling with the complex dynamics of caregiving? Meet Lil Glamben, someone who knows firsthand how caregiving can change and strain a relationship. Lil faced numerous challenges while caring for her mother and stepfather during her own Menopause journey. Despite facing challenges, she approached them with unwavering faith, which led her to not only overcome them, but also experience profound personal growth and uncover unforeseen paths to healing. Lil talks openly about caregiving and highlights the important but sometimes unnoticed parts of this challenging task. She …

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From Personal Experience To Public Advocacy: Stories Of Hope With Dr. George Ackerman &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 19
From Personal Experience to Public Advocacy: Stories of Hope with Dr. George Ackerman

Have you ever felt the weight of the world on your shoulders while caring for a loved one suffering from a debilitating disease? Dr. George Ackerman knows that feeling all too well. He opens his heart…

Have you ever felt t…

Have you ever felt the weight of the world on your shoulders while caring for a loved one suffering from a debilitating disease? Dr. George Ackerman knows that feeling all too well. He opens his heart and shares his personal journey of caregiving for his late mother, Sharon, who battled both Parkinson's and dementia. His poignant narrative about the challenges he faced in ensuring proper medication and making the difficult decision to keep her at home is bound to resonate with many listeners.Dr. Ackerman's dedication to raising awareness about Parkinson's disease is evident in h…

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