About Care Factor - In Conversation with Sara James
For Kristine, life had turned out pretty much to plan. She had two happy kids, a loving husband, and a rewarding job improving the lives of people with a disability.
Then, when her husband came down with what everyone thought was an average flu, Kristine’s life plan began to unravel.
As she sat and watched her husband on life support, Kristine took comfort in the knowledge that she could get her family back on track because she knew the system.
The reality was in sharp contrast to the rhetoric she was trained to deliver.
In the blink of an eye, her family had become welfare dependent and their survival hinged on the generosity of others and the decisions of public servants.
This story follows Kristine’s quest to regain some control over her life. A life with palpable grief, tinged with survivor’s guilt, trying to keep her family together as they all adjust to a life less than promised.
A life of frustration, made worse by ongoing roadblocks and challenges when seeking support through government agencies.
A life where humour still exists, even in the darkest places, and this humour is the key to getting you through life’s cruelty.
And a realisation that human behaviour is fascinating and that times like these bring out the best and the worst of it.
Care Factor is full of heart
This podcast is an amazing achievement. Kristine Rawlinson is a wonderful storyteller. She hasn't lost her sense of humour, despite going through the unimaginable. If you're a carer, you know a carer, or you just care...this podcast is so worthy of your time. A Leunig cartoon states 'Life is suffering. Love is good. Love and care are made of wood. Trees are made of soil and stars. The wisdom of a thousand scars.' Kristine has the scars, but she's wiser and more caring because of it. This podcast should be made into a film. Five stars.