In 2013, my life took a dramatic turn, when I became a Caregiver for an extraordinary woman I call my mother. Her married name was Karolina Andrejczuk (nee Pankewycz). She came into this world on February 20,1924 and her story isn’t one of glamour or fluff. It’s about courage, strength, and having the ability to Love through all adversity and pain. Karolina Andrejczuk is not a household name, or in the public eye, but her ability to succeed and overcome, deserves similar recognition. The name Karolina Andrejczuk will forever be engraved on my heart for her love and commitment to her Family. She is, in every sense of the word, a Survivor. Her life is not an easy one, it rarely was. It is a hard one, but she always and unconditionally strives and manages to make it a good one. She does not allow herself to feel entrapped or enslaved by life’s challenges. She is my idol. My first love. Karolina may be a simple folk to many, but to me she is a true heroine. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” – Hercules
Since 2004 Irene’s interests lie in anything health related. Her passion is bringing relief, rebalance, and results that empower women who have been struggling with health and hormonal issues. She guides and supports them back to self-love and self-care so they can live a life full of energy, vitality, and infinite joy.
As a Naturopath and Energetic Healer, she helps women find relief and get results in their physical, emotional, and spiritual health, so that they can feel totally rebalanced, reenergized, and their optimum best. Whether it be to have a good night’s sleep, achieve your weight loss goals, say good bye to night sweats and hot flashes or free yourself from digestive symptoms, it’s about reaching out for support and guidance.
As well as running her private practice in Montreal, Canada, women from all parts of the world consult comfortably with her via Internet. Her studies in Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbology, Aromatherapy, Reiki, NLP, Yoga Therapy, Bioenergetic Testing, and Hair Analysis profoundly complement her therapeutic approach. She uses a heart-centered, holistic, and non-judgmental approach so every client feels motivated and inspired…one step at a time.
Inspire, uplift, and empower you so that you can connect with your higher Self, as you navigate through the day-to-day reality of care-giving. The author openly shares stories, hers and others’, that will ease you into their lessons so that your care-giving experience becomes a spiritual discipline full of clarity, compassion, and comfort. The contributors’ stories are sure to feed your spirit and nourish your soul long after the last page is turned…
In her inspirational book, Naturopath and Energy Healer Irene Andrejczuk shares her journey of care-giving for her mother, and how this has enriched her life in so many ways and taught her to live in the present moment. At the age of 53, Irene’s life took a dramatic turn as she began an unexpected journey of profound introspection and transformation while care-giving for her mother who was diagnosed with dementia. Her journey as a caregiver, marked by years of emotional ups and downs as well as significant malaise, led her to much deeper insights about her own inner peace, self-healing, and soul-realization. Irene and her co-authors masterfully open their individual and collective hearts to the wisdom each has gained from their experiences and provide guidance and comfort to feed the Spirit and nourish the Soul for those who are or will be at the precipice of change and awakening as a Caregiver.
Biography: Nathalie is a healing energy practitioner for pets and people since November 2015. Having had major healing breakthroughs with her dog’s and her own health issues, her current mission is to help other living beings thrive on their own healing and life journeys. She enjoys life with her hubby, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 lizards, and fish, and relishes in all of nature’s wonders.
Biography: Joanne is a Certified Operational Business Analyst with Justice Canada, a former athlete in several sports and artist at large. She is the owner of a growing Financial Company, Leadership Entrepreneur and contributes to the aging and disabled community. Joanne considers herself to be an effervescent individual, incessant reader, learner and teacher in many aspects of life.
Biography: Milda Graham, RD teaches and studies meditation in the tantrika tradition. With a lifelong love of health, she draws insights on the body-mind connection from the heart of her experiences in motherhood, clinical nutrition, athletics and eastern philosophy.
Biography: Christine Buissière is a mother of two grown daughters, and a sister to 9 siblings who grew up in the rural community of Farrellton, Québec. She has worked for the Federal Government for 30 years, and was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in her first year of retirement. Before and during radiation therapy, she resorted to QiGong, Yoga, Reiki treatments and homeopathic medicine. Since then, Christine has devoted her time taking care of her health, and returning to her roots in energy work. Christine has completed Reiki level 2, has taken “A Course in Miracles” and many workshops in personal growth. She is currently working on the study and practice of methods in energy healing (Vague). Christine is passionate in helping others achieve physical and spiritual well-being.
Biography: We all have people struggling around us, whether it is with anything like stress, anxiety or a lack of confidence. Ana understands, as she has also struggled with different big challenges in her past. As a certified practitioner, she is passionate about being at service when humans are facing life challenges and believes everyone can transform their life, just like she did. With a very unique mix of hypnotherapy, coaching and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), she guides people through releasing unneeded baggage, reprogramming what needs to be reprogrammed and help people feel much better in their lives.
Biography: Claire Webster is a Certified Alzheimer Care Consultant, as well as Lecturer and Trainer in the field of Alzheimer’s disease. She is Founder and President of Caregiver Crosswalk Inc., a consulting firm that helps families navigate the journey of Alzheimer’s disease and identifies all of the necessary resources that are available in the community. Claire is working in collaboration with McGill University’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning and the Jewish General Hospital’s Centre of Excellence on Longetivity to develop dementia education workshops for family caregivers. She is also a guest blogger for the Caregiver Network, Canada’s largest tele-learning network for family caregivers. As a former caregiver to her late mother, Claire has had first hand experience in dealing with the overwhelming emotional and physical impact that the disease places on the individual and family members.
Biography: Lianne Tibben lives in Winchester, Canada, and is married with three children. Lianne has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 1997 and has worked for various high-tech and manufacturing companies. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves to get the job done. Her specialty is her ability to understand a company’s cash flows, its drivers and how that translates into increased cash and capital. Lianne has a philanthropic nature and enjoys visiting with the elderly, with the sick and with whoever needs a listening ear. She also participates in various organizations on a volunteer basis. Her main drivers in life are her faith, family and making a difference in the lives of people she meets. She enjoys writing about life on a personal basis and this is her second publication. She contributed previously to The Ruby Red Shoes Project, chronicling her parents’ journey with cancer and how she coped along the way.
Carolyn Flower is the CEO of Carolyn Flower International. Over the last 26 years, CFI has evolved from a promotional communication agency into global consulting, coaching and online training enterprise with a team of associates who are invested in the discovery and development of clients and students in four distinct yet interwoven divisions: personal, professional, author and family.
In 2015 Carolyn founded the Pathways to Publishing Academy to support, inspire and encourage writers to share their unique voice and signature story by providing professional independent author training and programs that harness the power of thought leadership and awaken the imagination to embrace unlimited possibilities. She expertly shepherds aspiring authors along their author odyssey integrating intuitive empowerment to champion change, growth and transformation. She is an international bestselling author of Gravitate 2 Gratitude. Her next book Family Ever After TM is scheduled for release in November 2018 with Mascot Books.
Irene’s book is a wake-up call to remind us that the main reason we are on this planet is to take care of each other. It is also a reminder that there is nothing that will make us more of human beings than caregiving.
Irene takes us on her journey as her Mom’s primary care-giver. This is a must read for anyone going through the same thing to help gain a deep understanding of how an aging parent feels and what they are go through as they lose their independence and autonomy. How Irene handles it all, from a distance, is incredibly inspiring and heart-warming!
Irene’s immense compassion and dedication for her mother is so beautifully expressed in her compelling writing. I have the utmost respect for her ability to tell her story in such a heartfelt and yet impactful way. You are sure to be moved by the stories in this book and benefit immensely from the advice from people who truly understand what unconditional love really means.
A few years ago, over coffee, Irene and I spoke about her excitement to share her story of care-giving with the world. I was delighted for her and for all the caregivers who would benefit from her experience! Today, through this anthology, Irene reaches out to touch your heart, to tell you that you are not alone in your struggle, and to energize you through the expression of love for her mother.
Caregiving: A Journey of the Heart, Stories to Feed the Spirit and Nourish the Soul is a very unique book written to help adults see the ups and downs and the struggles that come with care-giving. With compelling stories for caregivers, loved ones and their families, Irene has written and compiled a book that is a delightful read with important information for those who want to understand what care-givers go through while taking care of a loved one.
I have known Irene for many years, and have met few people who can maintain their love and compassion for an aging parent suffering the mental shift as only dementia, Alzheimer’s and mental illness can bring. Having an aging parent whose need for care was stilted by her own drive for independence along with paranoia and other mental illness challenges, I understand what it takes to advocate for someone unable to do so for themselves. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is either in the midst of this challenge or can foresee this happening in their not so distant future. Caring for someone you love, is challenging enough without doing it alone. With this book you can connect with others who understand what you may be going through. Warmly and with gratitude,
This book truly touches your heart. If you are having your ups and downs taking care of an elderly member in your family, this book will give you tools that will inspire you. Even if you are not a caregiver, it is still a great read that helps you better understand the struggle of the elderly, the struggle of dementia and how family members can help.