About Suzanne Fiscella, PA-C, BCPA, MS, MA
Many caregivers feel pulled in different directions as they try to satisfy the needs of their parents, their own families, their jobs, and lastly, themselves. I once heard an excellent definition of caregiving… "It’s an ever-changing journey with new problems demanding quick solutions.”
The caregiver who changed my life
One day this lovely daughter came in with her mom. Since I was getting nowhere with her Mom, I asked the daughter if I could show her something in the lab. At which point, we left the exam room.
I turned and asked her how I could help her…help her mom. She fell into my arms, the flood gates opened, and the tears just could not stop. And I didn’t want them to…I wanted her to tell me everything…
I never realized the pain, loneliness, and grief this dear daughter had pent up inside of her. What kind of caring professional was I if I couldn’t treat the WHOLE family? Thus, my journey began…
I now see hundreds of caregivers each living in their own silence. Worry, loneliness, depression, guilt, and frustration overwhelm our lives… which are already filled with stress.
So, I built a community of incredible professionals who are dedicated to helping caregivers with their knowledge and expertise. The caregivers in our community share a unique bond of struggle, but still enjoy the love and laughter.
My own caregiving journey
As I began my own journey in caregiving when my mom could no longer take care of herself and moved in with me. She would tell me stories about the “old days” and the struggles of growing up poor, how her generation was a generation who survived starvation, wars, and the Spanish flu of 1918 as well as the depression of 1929. She always told me to never forget that “old people had a life, too”.
She also gave me pause, worry, and self-doubt as I struggled with her disabilities and decline. I did not know where or how to deal with these issues because I was emotionally held hostage.
Suzanne with her daughter and mom
Over the years, I have become a national speaker on caregiving. As I continue to speak and practice today, I ask the caregivers in my audiences and in my exam rooms what their caregiving roadmap looks like.
The silence is deafening.
So my hope with Patient Best® AND Caregiver Haven™ is to reach out to as many caregivers as I can and give them the formula they must have to take with them as this experience unfolds.
Get my 6 RULES OF CAREGIVER SUCCESS to get you started.
Hundreds of caregivers have come together to share their experiences and knowledge on caregiving. These 6 RULES… will give you the first simple steps to get you well on your way to easy caregiving.
When I am not busy writing , speaking and seeing patients, you can find me boating, fishing, walking the beach or spending time with my three children.
I now live in sunny Ft Myers, FL. I moved here after raising my family in Lexington, KY.
I can be contacted at Suzanne@PatientBest.com.
Suzanne with her 3 children: Sarah, David, and Jonny
Each caregiving journey is different. Every senior will age differently. The rate of aging, the disease which will eventually take them. Their silence, their aches, and pains which they mask will hold every caregiver hostage.
No one needs to do this alone….Let’s start with your free tips so you can have the peace of mind to know you are doing everything right…