Archangels

Caregiving – caring for an aging parent, spouse, or loved one – is one of the hardest things most of us will ever do. Almost all of us will do it – and we’ll likely feel not-so-great in the process. Not just emotionally (because caregiving can be isolating, and overwhelming, and humbling – over and over and over again)… but physically (because caregiving makes us sick – literally). It’s also one of the most important roles we’ll ever play – and one of the most rewarding. And therein lies the challenge. But also the opportunity. Our goal is to help every caregiver get more of the good, and less of the bad – so they can do more of what matters most – help care for someone else.

We believe that caregivers are our countries unsung heroes, that under-utilized resources exist to support them, and that humans are amazing…and we’re working to knit all that together in the form of impact on lives.

ARCHANGELS is a movement (backed by the Raphael Index TM, Raphael Score TM, and Rebel Health TM) designed to help those noble humans playing the role of caregiver feel less alone, more supported, and ultimately better about life…

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Why we’re thinking so hard about caregivers…

Because there are a lot of them (44 million to be exact)

Because the work they do is incredibly valuable (the value of their unpaid labor is $470 billion)

Because their lives are hard (twice the likelihood of developing chronic illness, twice the rate of depression, over twenty hours a week providing care for their loved one)

Because they could use some support (84% report negative impact to their state of mind)

And it’s in our DNA…

Co-founded by Alexandra Drane, a hustling bootstrapper, ARCHANGELS has a lot of heart, a lot of hope, and a ferocious commitment to changing the world. ARCHANGELS believes that caregivers are our country's unsung heroes, that under-utilized resources exist to support them, and that retail is the front line of health. Our goal is to be the trusted resource to support caregivers throughout the US, and, in the process, reframe how caregivers are perceived, and supported. ARCHANGELS is a nationwide effort that leverages the retail channel as a way to identify, thank, and support caregivers by connecting them to the caregiver infrastructure that already exists, but that most caregivers don't know about.

We are in the process of figuring out how to best change the world - check back, or check in (contact@archangels.me)

 

The Wall

The Wall has two goals – to help you feel less alone in the harder bits of caregiving, and to help make it easier for you to share the wisdom you’ve learned in the process (so you can help someone else feel that same relief).  There is no ‘right’ way to read the Wall – and there are never-ending ways to contribute. 

Have you hit The Wall?

Leave your frustrations here…

‘I definitely did not sign up for this. I feel like I have been robbed of being able to live my life’
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‘I am so angry that I never come first. I am sure I am depressed but I don’t even have the time to breathe let alone see a doctor for me’
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‘Am I allowed to say that what I often hear in my head is myself screaming “this sucks and I am so tired and I don’t see this ending”? I feel so bad saying that but it’s true’
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‘We haven’t connected in any real physical way in over a year. I want my wife back the way she was. Will we ever have sex again? Is something wrong with me that this is what I am worrying about while she is sick?’
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‘I want to run away. Almost every day I think about running away and hoping someone else can take care of my father. I can’t live with that guilt though so I stay’
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‘Sometimes I get so mad at my father because he says the same thing over and over and over again and it makes me so frustrated – and then I hate myself for hating my father, when all he’s ever done is be good to me, and it’s not his fault he’s losing his mind.’
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‘I definitely did not sign up for this. I feel like I have been robbed of being able to live my life’
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Share your triumphs here…

‘Sometimes I can see the gratitude in my mom’s eyes and for a split second I know that she knows me and that I am caring for her like she deserves.’
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‘We are actually doing the bucket list thing. Every time I help my dad check off one of those things, I realize that this is my purpose right now.’
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‘We finally had sex after 6 months of not feeling any love. Helped me remember all the good time and what I love about him’
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‘I have a friend who is also taking care of her husband right now and we text each other everything we wish we could scream at them. Keeps us from actually yelling and has the side benefit of relieving stress- you know, swearing is good for the soul!’
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‘Drove around for 10 minutes today with the music blasting and the window down. It gave me some energy and put my head in a much better place. When I got home I was able to be much kinder’
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‘Remembering this is not his fault makes me have more empathy’
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‘Sometimes I can see the gratitude in my mom’s eyes and for a split second I know that she knows me and that I am caring for her like she deserves.’
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