Two caregivers walk into a room. They may not have met previously, but, they absolutely know each other. They talk the same language, share the same emotions and understand deep down what it's like going through the myriad of emotions that arise during their care journey.
Ron Simons is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer, four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer and actor of stage, film and television. Ron is also the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. Take a look at his <a href="https://www.ronsimons.com/bio">bio!</a>
I read an interview with Ron where he talked about caring for his mother for close to 30 years. While reading his story, I felt like I knew him, despite us coming from totally different worlds.
So, I found an email for him, requested 15- 20 minutes of his time and hit "SEND." Never in a million years did I think I would hear back. To my surprise and delight, I did hear back and Ron agreed to be a guest on my podcast to share his very personal and very touching story of being a caregiver for his mother.
His mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease was a proud, independent woman who looked on the bright side of life until this awful illness took a toll on her. Being an only child and long-distance caregiver was a role that Ron took on lovingly, but also was extremely challenging.
I think the lesson for all of us in the trenches is that being a caregiver is the great equalizer. Ron could not have been nicer or kinder to this rookie podcaster and our conversation about his journey and challenges lasted 30 minutes.
Thank you Ron for sharing your story, you make all of us feel less alone.