The Caregiver Needs To Be Healthy To Help Others

October 26, 2014 1:15 AM

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When I was a boy growing up in South Boston, there simply weren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I wanted and had to do. Whether it was going to school, delivering newspapers, and grocery bundles, playing football, baseball or basketball or doing homework, finding more time to do all these things was more than a challenge for me. But miraculously, like many young people, I was more then able to struggle my way through it. From All State in two sports in high school, to All American Academic in college. But when I was elected Mayor of Boston, I felt the hours in the day belonged to the people who elected me. Yes, I ran many marathons, but I also attended two or three neighborhood meetings each night.

When I returned to Boston from Rome, where I served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican for almost five years, I was getting older and now had larger family obligations -- 17 grandchildren. But I still found the time and energy to do all the things I had and wanted to do. I have to admit that my pace ...

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