1. A Caregivers Moment Of Truth Christopher MacLellan "The Bow Tie Guy" on the Whole Care Network 34:56

Taking care of self is often forgotten in the midst of caregiving. Learning to say NO is a close second. On this special episode of Toula’s Tips for Caregivers and Healing Ties, Toula Wootan shares with the listeners on her moment of truth and why it is important to take care of yourself while in the middle of your caregiving role. Toula Wootan is certainly someone who is creating Healing Ties for everyone in the caregiving community and beyond!

You Might Know Me As The Bow Tie Guy - "Wearing a bow tie is like wearing two smiles."

When people ask me, "why did you create the Whole Care Network"... I always come back to our caregiving experience and how fortunate I was to find resources that helped me and my partner Richard Schiffer manage our caregiving journey. Every caregiver has a story; through our stories, we find validation, resources, and respite to help manage our caregiving day.

We were fortunate to have our story chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize-nominated 3-part story, “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey,” which told our journey of caregiving. The story told of the challenges LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy my partner Richard's last years had on our relationship.