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Gus Gear’s mission to improve the safety and quality of life for those facing medical challenges goes beyond the production of our Central Line Vest, Ostomy Pouch Cover, G-Tube Wrap, Line Cover, and other accessories. We seek partnerships, not transactions, with customers, partners, investors, and stakeholders alike by providing resources and blog posts that can improve the patient and their family’s outcomes and quality of life.

5 Tips for New Caregivers of Medically Complex Kids

May 27, 2022
If your child was recently diagnosed with a chronic or complex illness, I want to convey my support. Like the famous quote says: “All change is loss, and loss must be mourned,” but for me to say that I’m sorry or offer up condolences doesn’t feel quite right. You may have to mourn a version...

Being More Mindful on Mother’s Day

May 2, 2022
Motherhood is complex. It only makes sense that Mother’s Day brings up a lot of complicated thoughts and emotions for people—joy, sadness, anger, confusion. This complexity doesn’t mean it’s not worth acknowledging. It’s just important to embrace a Mother’s Day message that honors a variety of experiences and is sensitive to how this day impacts...

One Accidental Entrepreneur’s Story and the Startup at the Heart of this Journey

April 19, 2022
Originally published by Pittsburgh Region. Next Is Now. I am grateful for the opportunity to share Gus Gear's story with their readers and talk about our relationship with Pittsburgh's startup community. Chronic illness doesn’t define my son, Gus, but it has shaped and defined my life. Over 15 years ago, I moved with my children...

Keeping an Effective Medical Chart For Your Medically Complex Kid

March 29, 2022
While keeping a chart at home for your medically complex kid isn’t necessarily required, it is a powerful tool that makes it simple to spot trends or quantify issues. It allows you to be data driven, and speak a language your child’s medical team will find easy to understand. It prevents personal opinions and emotions...

February is Rare Disease Awareness Month!

February 23, 2022
Show your stripes for rare disease awareness! That’s right — this month is all about raising public, medical, and political awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect, the damage they cause on a large scale, and new treatments and research. Not only is it critical to let more people know about diagnostics and treatments...

How to Nurture Your Relationships as a Caregiver

February 9, 2022
As a caregiver, it can be difficult to maintain relationships outside of the person(s) you’re caring for. Even that relationship can become strained by the dynamics and expectations of “taking care.” The same is true of friendships, romantic relationships, and relationships with your family.  Caregiving changes your identity and leads to a fundamental shift in...
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