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Linea Luck Pearson

family caregiver with her sonLinea Luck Pearson was recognized at the One Voice for Caregivers event on November 9, 2011 at the Great Hall in the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston. 

She was among five other family caregivers from across the lifespan honored for her commitment to her family.


My name is Linea Luck Pearson. I am fifty something and live in West Boylston. I have three grown children.

Twenty years ago my third child, Kyle, was born very prematurely spending three months in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

I don't think I had ever heard the term of working caregiver before his birth, however, I became that person 24 hours a day. 

The term respite was also foreign to me.  Due to the complexity of his care, I was unable to do anything except care for my son. 

When Kyle was three I was introduced to a program that would enable me to receive ten hours of respite per week. It was a wonderful gift.
Now fast forward to my life today. Never could I have imagined that I would become a lifetime working caregiver for my oldest child. 

Dana was in graduate school in Denver, Colorado,  when he suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. The doctors questioned if he should be taken off life support, but that wasn't an option. 

Dana remained in a coma for six months enduring 14 brain surgeries, however, there were no real signs of improvement. 

When Dana was transported to Massachusetts in June of 2009, he began to make tiny improvements, yet with each day he became stronger and more capable. 

Dana is a true miracle and I am so very blessed. However, with this being said my life has changed forever. 

Dana requires 24 hour care and it is overwhelming, demanding and chaotic.

Through the Central Massachusetts Respite Project we now receive hours from Donna, a wonderfully dedicated student from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.  Just a few hours a week makes such an impact on my life as well as my son's. 

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family caregiver sharing a few words

Respite has provided me with much needed “me time” and that is a gift I truly cherish.