Chris Maclellan – www.WholeCareNetwork.com
Christopher MacLellan is affectionately known nation-wide as “The Bow Tie Guy” in the vast network of family caregivers. With over 10 years of personal family caregiving experience, Chris started a caregiving blog entitled, “The Purple Jacket” after his partner’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2011 and continues to be an ardent advocate for caregivers and care-partners through his blog and radio show, “Healing Ties”.
The story of Chris MacLellan and his partner, Richard Schiffer was chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize nominated story “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” about their journey of caregiving. The story told of the challenges that LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy that Richard’s last years had on their relationship. Out of this experience, Chris has written a l compelling book,” What’s the Deal with Caregiving”, that informs caregivers about how to deal with the challenges that they will encounter, regardless of sexual orientation, family situation or age. Chris’ Master’s Degree thesis entitled, “Spiral of Silence: Caregiving, Stress and its Impact in the Workplace” was accepted by the faculty at Gonzaga University, where Chris earned a Master’s degree in Leadership and Communication in 2016. Chris presents frequently on topics that impact family caregivers, their employers and founded the Whole Care Network in 2016.