Jennifer Cares

Jennifer Cares


So Happy to Meet You!

posted by Jennifer Antkowiak

Hello, and welcome to our new Blog! 

My name is Jennifer Antkowiak (pronounced ant-CO-vee-ack) and I am thrilled to be here at Beliefnet.com to bring you tips you can use to erase the guilt, and find the time you need to take care of yourself while you’re caring for others.

Maybe you spend your days caring for a sick child.  Maybe you’ve had to talk with your boss about leaving early to accompany your dad to a doctor’s appointment.  Maybe your partner has just received a scary diagnosis. 

Medical research shows that many of us care for others to the point that we start to neglect our own—even basic—needs.  Caregivers are turning into patients as a result.

But wait! You have the power to stop that negative cycle. I’d be honored to hold your hand and help you to do just that.   

I found out about the importance of self-care the hard way.  I’ve juggled being a wife, mom of five, entrepreneur, author, and TV morning news anchor with being primary caregiver for my mother-in-law who died of cancer, and more recently for my father-in-law who lived with us and died of cancer this past summer. 

During those life-changing experiences, I fell victim to the very common, very unhealthy caregiver lifestyle: getting only a few hours of sleep each night, not eating well, not getting any consistent physical activity…

It took it’s toll on my body and brain (whether I was ready to admit it or not).  Now, I have a greater appreciation for the little things we can all do to bring about big positive changes in our lives. 

Through my years anchoring TV news, I have the opportunity to interview experts, and gather information that I hope will bring some joy to your life. 

I am looking to create a friendship with all of you.  I’d love to hear your caregiving stories, and  your questions regarding specific struggles. 

I’m here to help! Please stay close! Here’s our preliminary posting schedule:

Monday – Hope: information you can use to maintain and create hope

Tuesday – Take Care Tip day - a 10 Minute Tip you can use to quickly and easily bring yourself strength

Wednesday – Caring Questions - a question you can ask your loved one to break through any awkward communication barrier and maximize your minutes together.

Thursday – Caregiver Coaching - I’ll coach you through a current caregiver issue

Friday – New Videos – new informaion and demonstrations added every Friday

Please leave comments and questions under my posts so that we can stay connected.  I’m excited about building our own caring community!

j.

P.S.  Nearly four years ago, I was given an opportunity to leave TV news and start my own business.  The timing allowed me to be at home with my children and father-in-law when they all needed it the most. Here’s a story that my long-time KDKA (CBS-Pittsburgh, PA) co-anchor Ken Rice put together when I left. It’ll help to give you more information on my background and transition.

Click here to watch 

  



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Laurie Sue

posted April 7, 2010 at 8:49 am


Welcome, Jennifer. We are so thrilled to have you aboard and so glad to bring your very special voice to the caregivers who will find such value and support in the wisdom you have to share!



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Beth Caldwell

posted April 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm


Jennifer, what a pleasure to see you on Beliefnet! I have read both of your books, and have even given them as gifts to other caregivers.
I am glad that the Beliefnet Readers will be able to benefit from all of your helpful tips.
Looking forward to reading your posts,
Beth Caldwell
Pittsburgh, PA



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Gerry Angel

posted April 8, 2010 at 1:07 am


Jennifer,
How wonderful to know you are on BeliefNet! We can’t wait to hear what you have to say on Saturday, April 24 at our Spring for a Cure! event at Highland Country Club in Pittsburgh during Parkinson’s Awareness Month when you address those with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. We are looking forward to your presentation along with Robert Moore, MD, Ph.D.an internationally known researcher in the area of movement disorders, who will address the latest treatments for Parkinson’s disease. See you then!
Gerry Angel, RN, Ph.D.
Pittsburgh, PA



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Karen Curry

posted April 8, 2010 at 2:50 am


Jennifer,
You are truly blessed with a caring heart and the ability to put your personal caregiving experiences into words. Words that touch, teach, and lift up those that struggle day in and out with their own personal caregiving experience. It is rare that one walks away feeling that they are understood and appreciated and have a friend when they listen to a speaker or read a written word that truly touches their soul and provides the right stuff to keep on keeping on. Your story is amazing, your passion for helping The Caregiver is without limits.
Congratulations on this opportunity to provide strength and helpful advice to all of those who care enough to provide care for others.
Karen Curry
Washington, PA



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posted April 8, 2010 at 9:31 am


This is very exciting. I know you will have much to share with people from your experience and your research!! Hooray!!



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Jim Lillicotch

posted April 8, 2010 at 10:24 am


Hi Jennifer,
Beth Caldwell sent me to this blog and I am looking forward to your posts.
My wife has MS and I’ve been helping to take care of her for a number of years and I am always on the lookout for help. Thanks for offering your experience.



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Melissa Pearce

posted April 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm


Hi Jennifer,
We are looking forward to future posts!!!
I have provided your books to a dear friend. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.



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posted April 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm


You are so beautiful.



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Eric Sedlack

posted April 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm


i spent my childhood worrying about my mother who might have been worried about me but i didn’t know it, it took a lot of therapy and love to help me recover and i just today became aware that i am damaged from it. if you have kids i hope you look at them at times and care for them and ask if they are alright. my mother said once, you don’t know how i worried that you don’t have friends, and i always thought, then why didn’t you say anything? she died now and is in heaven thank you father god, she is alright now, and i am alright now,, she is gone, blind people should think twice about having kids. Eric sedlack.



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