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By Rebecca Teti

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Our weekend forum is for issues related to "the sandwich generation." Coping with menopause, caring for aging parents, relations with adult children, grandchildren, going back to work after years at home. Want to hash out a difficulty, get some advice or share a strategy?


This is the place! Come join the conversation!

Rebecca Teti


  • How to cope with menopause and back pain? everyday is a chalange, What helps me keep going is prayer.

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 8:15 AM by Leticia

  • What helpse with Menopause is not eating too much process foods, sugar and white flour. It's in lots of foods we eat but try it for 3 days and you will feel the hot flashes really will go away!

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 9:09 AM by unknown

  • I have worked for 32 years in the same industry. I was laid off for the first time in my life and in 3 weeks my unemployment benefits will run out, just like thousands of others. I am single and have no kids. I have not found work and have done 110 percent to find a job. I have prayed and prayed. I volunteer at my church and give to others in many ways. Still no job. I am so sad and upset that I am healthy and can work doing almost anything but my confidence is low and my stress is high. Please offer prayers if you will for my situation and that the Good Lord will place me where I need to be to help who I need to help. Thank you

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 9:17 AM by I have a difficulty

  • I know how disheartening it is to be unemployed, "I have a difficulty." I will pray for you in a special way today, entrusting your situation to Our Lady on her feast day.

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 12:13 PM by Rebecca

  • Any advice for how to express our love and prayers for a dear aunt that was recently diagnosed with cancer? She has started chemotherapy and she is sick. The prognosis is not good. It is stage 3 and spread:( We are not close about 12 hrs away. I would like to send a spiritual bouquet but does anyone have any advice on what to include if we send a care package of sorts???

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 1:28 PM by Jay W

  • I prayed a Novena to St. Joseph over and over again to find a job, his intercession helped me. He is very caring towards "workers". Also St. Anthony to help find anything. I will keep you in my prayers. As for a care package for anyone ill, something usable and nurturing - like healing epsom bath salts in lavender for calming, chamomile tea, lip balm, homemade foods or soup she can eat, anything religious of comfort - photos or a candle and definitely lots of prayer.

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 3:28 PM by Brenda

  • Yes, great ideas above...the tea & lip balm. Also, hard candies, books/magazines, crosswords/sudoku, inspirational stories of the saints, etc....a prepaid phone card, stationary, an offer to be an ear to listen, love & prayers.

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 3:49 PM by Avk

  • As for the job situation. Prayers continued but could you ask Fr. or someone at your parish to post in the bulletin on your behalf? (We have a VERY small parish & I know I've seen it done in the past...unsure about other parishes?)

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 3:54 PM by Avk

  • He has closed a door & has opened another for you to find it..pray to follow His guiding light to that door. The hardships you are facing right now may be beneficial in your new job/field/career...

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 3:57 PM by Avk

  • St Perigriene is the patron saint of cancer, maybe a prayer card of his in your basket.

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 6:03 PM by unknown

  • Include a small blanket and tote bag. My mother died from colon cancer, and was always cold during chemotherapy treatments. I made her a "chemo" bag to put a blanket and other items she could take with her.

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:08 PM by Megan

  • Cancer- check out the Budwig protocol and also a book by BILL HENDERSON Healing cancer gently.

    Posted on Dec 9th, 2012 at 3:44 AM by unknown

  • To Jay W. and all who have a relative or friend who is ill: The spiritual bouquet with prayers is a very good thing to send to your aunt. Check with your parish office or a neighboring church that has prayer shawls and prayer cards; our parish in southeast Michigan provides these free for those ill. The shawls are knitted or crocheted by men and women of our parish with donated yarn and thread, come in adult and children's sizes. When we put a prayer shawl around one of my aunts, she seemed to feel comforted at that moment. Since she died I am fortunate to have it now and it brings comfort to my family now.

    Posted on Dec 9th, 2012 at 12:24 PM by Nita

  • Thank you, thank you for all the wonderful ideas! I tried to google prayer shawls but I don't think there is any ministry near me in Florida-I wish I knew how to knit we are going to try to find a nice blankie instead.

    Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 at 4:03 PM by Jay W

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