Kate posted some excellent thoughts in the 'introductions' topic; I thought they merited a topic of their own. Here are Kate's thoughts:

"Jackie, I've been thinking about the name of this forum since I first looked at it . . . I love the forum, the exchange of stories, the way we can hook up so effortlessly, the way I can be sure you all will know what I mean. But (as I've told you a boring number of times!) I've never thought of myself as a "caregiver"--and for months I resisted joining the forum for that reason.

If your injured loved one is independent, how can you call yourself a "caregiver"? All of us know what that term can imply: transfers, ROM, B&B, dressing, etc. I think that there are for sure emotional/psychological issues all family members face-but quite a few of us aren't caregivers.

We're spouses, siblings, parents, significant others of independent people who live with disability. The name of this thread should be changed. IMHO"

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