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LaNita Schartz

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I was raised by an abusive mother and then turned into caregiver for both parents.  Mom died of dementia and a heart attack and my father has Alzheimer's.    I have been told by my counselor that writing about my life is a good way to deal with the shame, guilt and anger. 

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  • Alzheimer's Friend Support
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    Alzheimer's Friend Support

    2 weeks ago

    There is something to be said about friends when you have a problem in your life. Some of the people who say they are friends leave and others step up to help you.

  • Back Issues
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    Back Issues

    5 weeks ago

    How to deal with scoliosis, arthritis, degenerative disc disease. bulging discs, and spurs. I have all of these. It is a change to life to deal with all of these.

  • Things not shared
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    Things not shared

    2 months ago

  • The Mandela Effect on Society
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    The Mandela Effect on Society

    4 months ago

    There are so many strange things going on in society now. How many of you have heard of the Mandela Effect? I recently learned of the Mandela Effect. YouTube is so full of videos that are showing this. How do many of...

  • The Begining of the End Times
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    The Begining of the End Times

    5 months ago

    I have been praying for a long time about whether I should write this article or not. This evening a friend without knowing what I was thinking gave me the answer.

  • Survivors of Rape
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    Survivors of Rape

    2 weeks ago

    how does a rape survivor feel? A person tries to be there for them right after it happens but how does it affect them down the road? I know for I am a survivor of rape.

  • My Journal on learning a new career
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    My Journal on learning a new career

    6 months ago

    This is my personal journal on learning a new career and handling a marriage, and life in general. I will learn how to learn computer skills and how to juggle housekeeping. making meals for husband

  • When to go to the Doctor
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    When to go to the Doctor

    9 months ago

    well it has been a long three days. I have had pain in my left arm above the elbow making it very hard to move the arm without pain. Do I or don't I go to the hospital? I tell my husband no I don't need the hospital...

  • If I could see the world through the eyes of a child
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    If I could see the world through the eyes of a child

    2 months ago

    I had this song in my mind almost all the time when I was going blind with my cataracts. I thought if only I could see. We as a developed country; meaning the USA, I had taken my vision for granted. I was under the...

  • Asthma on the personal side
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    Asthma on the personal side

    10 months ago

    My Asthma has been bothering badly the last few weeks where I have trouble breathing after walking just a short distance.

  • how to take life
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    how to take life

    11 months ago

    I have been thinking a lot lately about life. Is life just being a child and a persons parents take care of you and then after you are grown you get a job and spouse and children?

  • The feeling of loose after a death
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    The feeling of loose after a death

    11 months ago

    I find it hard to explain the emptiness I feel inside at the loss of my Dad. He had Alzheimer's and needed me. Now I have nothing to do. I feel like I should call the home to check on him.

  • The Holidays after one year of death
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    The Holidays after one year of death

    11 months ago

    I find this easy to write. A friend of mine from High School is going through the one year anniversary of a parent just like I am. It makes a person think. Do you ignore the holiday because it just wouldn't be the...

  • My journey with cataracts and surgery
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    My journey with cataracts and surgery

    11 months ago

    This has been a journey of around 5 years for me. I had my eyes examed before I married my husband. I was told at this time that I would need cataract surgery some time as I had the start of cataracts on both of my...

  • Visions of the End of Time
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    Visions of the End of Time

    5 months ago

    This is an exciting topic for me to write about this night. With all that is going on in the world today I imagine the end is near.

  • vision and how much it can mean to your independence
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    vision and how much it can mean to your independence

    17 months ago

    . I will be the first to admit that vision means a lot to me. It means being able to drive and do what I want when I want. Now that my vision is dimming due to cataracts I find that vision means a lot to me.. I have...

  • Marriage and Babies
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    Marriage and Babies

    20 months ago

    The big red and grey bus pulled up to the curb, its sides plastered with advertisements. I stepped on quickly, grateful to be in out of the crisp spring air. Wedging my way into a seat between an old man and a boy about...

  • Alzheimers review
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    Alzheimers review

    22 months ago

    I don't know ho w many people receive a survey from the state and a medical school after they loose a loved one to Alzheimers disease but I did the other day. I was totally surprised and amazed that they asked me...

  • Truckers  wives  it takes a special person
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    Truckers wives it takes a special person

    22 months ago

    hello I am a truckers wife. I admit it is a tough life but I wouldn't trade my life for anything. Yes I have to learn to do things for myself I have my independence. I have never depended on men so this was the rigtht...

  • trucking from a truckers viewpoint
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    trucking from a truckers viewpoint

    22 months ago

    Hello I am a trucker. My handle is Road Hog. I want to relay an adventure I had some years ago. I was snowed in in South Dakota. I and my partner were about a mile from the tck stop which was full and closed to...

  • the throw away parents
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    the throw away parents

    2 months ago

    I have seen it time and time again. Mom or Dad are badly sick and taking care of them would be a burden to us You know what I mean. We have two jobs. We have tickets to the opera or the kids have soccer, or some other...

  • Alzheimers from the victims view
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    Alzheimers from the victims view

    11 months ago

    I see the way you look at me. You cant understand what I say. You see my looks at you and think they mean one thing and all I want to say is I love you. You see me as a sick person. You think I don't know what is going...

  • alzheimers an emotional walk
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    alzheimers an emotional walk

    2 months ago

    One week after Mom's death in 2009 was a week I will never forget. I realized at that point that Dad was sick. I hadn't realized how much Mom had hid for years. I had to go to his doctor and see what I was up against....

  • hospice question
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    hospice question

    22 months ago

    Hospice care was something new to me. I thought it dealt with comfort at end of life. I didn't realize that there was so many decisions to make. I hope that my experience with hospice will make your experience easier...

  • Sandy   What's Wrong
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    Sandy What's Wrong

    22 months ago

    what depression can do when things dont go as planned

  • Forgiving Families
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    Forgiving Families

    23 months ago

    the true meaning of Christmas

  • No Not Charlie
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    No Not Charlie

    23 months ago

    Well one day it happened. Mom announced, "I'm getting married. You will have a father." I never really knew my Dad. Mom and Dad were divorced when I was just six months old. Mom worked and was never...

  • Fuzzy on the job
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    Fuzzy on the job

    23 months ago

    Doing his job was nothing new to my therapy cat. He knows when I say, ":Mommy and me time" it is time for him to be more than the beautiful. black cat that he is. He knows that something is bothering Mommy,...

  • hospice care the final choice...
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    hospice care the final choice...

    23 months ago

    today I made the final choice a family member who has someone terminal has to make. I knew it was the right choice by it hurts as well

  • death of my   loved one
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    death of my loved one

    23 months ago

    this is about watching a loved one. It is hard.

  • endometriosis as a teenager
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    endometriosis as a teenager

    24 months ago

    This is a subject close to my heart and one that doctors do not explain to the poor patient

  • Alzheimers disease affects on the caregiver.
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    Alzheimers disease affects on the caregiver.

    2 years ago

    This is an eye opening article about not only does the victim suffer but so does the caregiver.

  • different rules for everyones life
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    different rules for everyones life

    2 years ago

    This is something that has been bothering me as of late. The two sets of rules for every one in life. I know I will probably have some comments over this article and I want to hear other views.

  • tribute to friends
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    tribute to friends

    2 years ago

    This is something I have wanted to do for along time. It is a thank you to my four best friends for being there when I finally could have friends. Love you all dearly. To Traci, you are the friend that showed me...

  • things I'm thankful for this year
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    things I'm thankful for this year

    24 months ago

    This is going to be an upbeat article for once. It is time of the year to give thanks for what we have. I have much to be thankful for. I have a loving husband who puts up with my strange behavior at times. I have had...

  • The life of a caregiver
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    The life of a caregiver

    2 years ago

    the day is long but the night is longer still. Being a caregiver is a 24/7 job when it comes your way. In my case I am the only advocate my loved one has.

  • alzheimers days
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    alzheimers days

    2 years ago

    oh watching someone go downhill with this disease is so very hard. I have been watching my father go downhill the last year. Now he is considered a feeder. He is to the point where he doesn't feed himself. I cant begin...

  • my ADHD
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    my ADHD

    2 years ago

    Hi again, ADHD is attention deficit hyperactive disorder. It means that a person had trouble with attention staying on something. Usually a person is really hyper as well. I have this disorder and the doctor will...

  • a therapy cat
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    a therapy cat

    2 years ago

    my counselor told me that having a therapy animal would be good for me. It would give me a reason for living and getting up. She was so right.

  • the fawn caught in the cruel headlights of life.
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    the fawn caught in the cruel headlights of life.

    2 years ago

    I was a fawn in the cruel headlights of life. Where did I go? Where did I turn? How did I survive? Thank heaven for a lady who helped me through this. I would love to name her by name but not yet.

  • My life as a diagnosed depressed person
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    My life as a diagnosed depressed person

    2 years ago

    I was not diagnosed with depression until I was living on my own for the first time in my life at the age of 48. My girlfriend noticed that I didn't seem to sleep. I was on the computer for hours.

  • my life with an undiagnosed Bi-polar Mother
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    my life with an undiagnosed Bi-polar Mother

    11 months ago

    this is my story and adventures of an undiagnosed Bi-Polar Mother.

  • Alzheimer's view
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    Alzheimer's view

    2 years ago

    there should be a better way for the caregivers to understand a disease so horrible that it robs the family of their family member.

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