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Christy by Mary Burch

When I went into the hospital to have my fifth baby, I didn’t give a thought that something was wrong with her. She was a beautiful dark haired healthy baby, and I was so happy. After a couple of months at home with her I started to notice that something was not quite right. She wasn’t reacting to things in a way that a normal child does. When she was about four or five-years-old my husband and I took her to the Stanford University hospital in Palo Alto. After all of the tests that the doctors did on her they […]

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The Story of My Mother by Rachel Foss

The Story of My Mother by Rachel Foss

My name is Rachel Foss, and I am blessed to be my Mom’s caregiver. Every mother is special, but my Mom means a world to me, and you will understand why after reading my story. The story of my Mother is a story of outstanding heroism, courage and love. Do not be surprised that I write the word “Mother” with a capital letter, as that is my tribute to her. My Mother, Betya Bershtein , is my greatest love, my inspiration, and my life model. I want to tell her life story from the beginning. She was born on September […]

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My Josie by Deborah Fisher

I have been a caregiver with IHSS Public Authority for three years, and I have never felt more fulfilled in my life. Currently, I have four clients. I love them and I am like family to them. My first client was Josie. Josie had Alzheimer’s and was very difficult in the beginning. But I told her I would never quit on her. Josie had several children, that had families, jobs and lived out of state. After about six months she finally trusted me and we became very close. Besides all the daily chores, we shared our life stories, we joked […]

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My Great-Grandmother by Sarah Dutton

My Great-Grandmother by Sarah Dutton

I am so grateful and blessed to be apart of the UDW Homecare Providers! Being a part of this union has given me the opportunity to be there and care for the woman that always supported me and my dreams as well as be able to support myself and also help my great-grandmother out as well with the things she needs. This amazing woman took me in when I was only 10 years of age. From the moment I lost my mother to where I am today my great-grandmother has never left my side and I will never leave hers […]

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It Takes a Village – and IHSS by Paul DeMuth

It Takes a Village - and IHSS by Paul DeMuth

It Takes a Village and IHSS … UDW Facebook 2010 Contest Winning Photo! Zoie was born August 16, 2000 weighing only 1lb. 10 oz. She was in the NICU at Kaiser for 17 weeks. We watched her in her incubator all those weeks telling God we would take her any way we could get her. We said it with love and with all our hearts, but with a bit of naivety having no idea the road that lay ahead but trusting that He would see us through. That was 10 years ago, and while the struggles have been many, the […]

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