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Ask Mama Amy Episode 10: Aging Through Motherhood 

 November 18, 2021

By  Amy Hsiao

Ask Mama Amy Episode 10: Aging Through Motherhood

Christine Lee is the Founder and Managing Director of Casa Companion Homecare Solutions, a successful home care agency providing in-home care to seniors in San Diego County. In 2015,  Christine co-founded the first Daughterhood Circle in San Diego. Daughterhood Circle is a support group and brain trust for caregivers dealing with the challenges of eldercare. While maintaining her role in the community, Christine is also a mother to three daughters, all under five years old, and a daughter of an aging mother. 

Christine shares the biggest challenge she has faced in her life. Two weeks after finding out she was pregnant with her first child, Christine was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since she was pregnant, Christine was limited in treatment options and was forced to make decisions no mother should have to make. Together, Christine and her husband patiently waited nine months to bring their first daughter into the world before beginning the appropriate treatment for her cancer. Christine says her mother's example of what strength looks like in motherhood has guided her through navigating her own challenges with motherhood. 

Tune into this week’s episode of AskMamaAmy to learn more about the importance of long-term care and how Christine has managed to maintain her career while balancing motherhood and being a caregiver.

Quotes

  • “One of the most challenging obstacles that I've gone through actually started right when I found out I was pregnant. In 2015, Gabriel and I had just found out that we were pregnant with our first child. We were super excited and really happy and then two weeks later, I was actually diagnosed with breast cancer.” (01:51-02:12)
  • “My husband and I are good partners, and we know what we have to do together.” (08:34-08:37)
  • “Because of the type of work that I do, I know what's involved in terms of getting ready for long-term care. And I’m at the point where I'm trying to get my parents ready to make sure that they age in a place where they want to be.” (11:06-11:21)
  • “There's a lot of education that goes along with aging and long-term care planning in general.” (12:38-12:44)
  • “There's a lot of gratitude for the people that I care for, but also for the people that are caring for them too.” (14:26-14:34)
  • “As moms, we already are the epitome of strength.” (15:50-15:54)

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