Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadine Roberts Cornish.
Nadine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am the founder of The Caregiver’s Guardian, LLC. (TCG) A certified gerontologist, senior advisor, speaker, coach and consultant, my experience spans 25 years. I spent 15 years as a caregiver to my mother. That journey was so complete that when it ended, I didn’t think I’d ever have to utter the word or think about caregiving again. A year after her death, I knew without a doubt that caregiving consulting, education and coaching would be my life’s work. For the past ten years, I have care managed, consulted with and supported caregivers across the country through the services offered by TCG. Those experiences were the catalyst for my inaugural book, “Tears In My Gumbo… The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience.” I am now writing the second book in the Gumbo series called, “Prayers In My Gumbo. The Caregiver’s Recipe for Peace.” I always say this is a path that chose me, I did not choose it. This was not the vision I had for my life but it was the purpose that hadbeen placed on my life. Supporting, educating and inspiring caregivers and those who care about the caregiver is my life’s work. I launched a crusade called the “Care-ocity” campaign three years ago to raise awareness about the caregiving pandemic. This work has given my life purpose and nothing brings me greater joy than helping a caregiver in need and speaking to educate others about the journey of caring.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing important in life is ever found on a smooth road. Caring for my mom was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It was complex and multi-faceted, it was draining and life-giving at once, it was emotional and heart wrenching and one of the greatest honors and most important things I will ever do. Those difficulties and challenges prepared me for my life’s mission. Those challenges and struggles prepared me to be empathetic and provided the foundation for the support of the many caregivers I have been blessed to work with over the past ten years. The lessons learned during my personal journey would propel me into a level of understanding and connection that I would not otherwise have had.
Please tell us about The Caregiver’s Guardian, LLC.
The Caregiver’s Guardian is a support services agency that has helped hundreds of family caregivers around the country find answers and create a plan of care. We support the caregiver through one on one, in person, online, group consultations and through family mediation. We provide resources, information, and encouragement during challenging times. We conduct Caregiver Symposiums to churches across the country. We’ve recently launched a program for businesses called CAREEE – Caregiver Advocacy & Resources Empowering Employees & Employers.
As a company, we’re most proud of filling a much-needed void and addressing the orange elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. Caregiving affects us all, sooner or later. We help individuals, organizations, churches and businesses prepare for that reality.
What sets us apart is our entire team and all of our partners are seasoned and experienced industry experts who have all been caregivers, equipping us with the heart and ability to understand and effectively meet the needs of caregivers and inform those who will soon find themselves on the road of caregiving.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Family times and spending time in the kitchen with my mom preparing gumbo. It was always a big deal and it was a dish we prepared for every important occasion, for every holiday, in the good times and sad times. Mom’s gumbo was the best so family and friends showed up in droves if they heard mom was cooking gumbo.
I’d eventually come to learn that cooking gumbo would become a metaphor for my life and that in that process and time spent with my mom, we were truly creating food for the soul.
- Tears In My Gumbo, The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience – $15.99
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