Nov 28, 2012
One extraordinary caregiver stood out among the rest in the search for our 2012 Caregiver of the Year. The Hampton Roads Chapter is proud to honor Steve Brantley as the 2012 Caregiver of the Year.
Lorrie Brantley, Steve’s wife, submitted a heartfelt nomination explaining why her husband should be crowned Caregiver of the Year and our review committee overwhelmingly agreed. Below is an excerpt from her letter:
“My husband, Steve, and I were married only seven years and three months when I was diagnosed with MS. We now have been married for over 29 years. My husband never ceases to amaze me in his desire to make me feel special. Every day he personally delivers a delicious smoothie for my breakfast, ensuring that I start my day off with a healthy, energy-packed meal. […] I constantly test his culinary skills as I have a finicky appetite. However, he always manages to find something I like. When he’s not grocery shopping and preparing meals, he cleans the house, paints, mows the grass and takes care of the cars. Oh, and he also can change light bulbs and air filters.
When I have several bags of stuff to take to the car and I try to carry it all myself, he can quickly see I’m overtaxing my body. Without crushing my pride and demeaning my character, he jumps to my rescue and prevents a guaranteed fall. I have such a strong “I can do it all attitude,” he gives me the opportunity to ask for help any time, but doesn’t demand to help. He lets me decide. […]The other day I smiled at him and he smiled back at me. I realized how lucky I am to have my husband as my best friend and best caregiver!”