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Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver [Kindle Edition]

Bobbi Carducci
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Book Description

Bobbi Carducci’s life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law 's odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself—while he tried to convince everyone that he didn’t need her and that she was crazy.

Caregiver Bobbi took on “the system” and Rodger’s Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, Age Related Dementia, Dysphagia, C.O.P.D, and Congestive Heart Failure.

"Brutally honest and written from the heart, Carducci’s intimate chronicle of caring for her father-in-law is a poignant story of strength, compassion, and humor that will linger with you long after you read the last page. Highly recommended for anyone caring for an elderly parent.” ~ Jan Neuharth, author of the Hunt Country Suspense novels

"Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, perfectly encapsulates the human experience, not just the caregiver's. When we live in a world of worry, stress and self-doubt, where do we find the strength to go on? Bobbi's retelling of her caregiving years unfolds in a beautiful answer to the questions posed by sickness, health, care, and loss." ~ Alexandra Axel, Media Director, The Caregiver Space

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From the Author

I wrote Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver for caregivers, those who will become caregivers, and those who one day  need care.  I want to share our story so people understand how hard it is and also what a gift it can be to care for a loved one at home.
Caregivers are not saints or superheroes.Caregivers are ordinary people of all ages, in all walks of life, from all over the world doing the hardest job we will ever love.

About the Author

Intrigued by TV doctors, Bobbi Carducci told everyone she was going to be a brain surgeon when she grew up.  When she couldn't bring herself to cut up a frog in biology class she realized she had to find another way to get inside people's heads and became a writer instead.
Bobbi was an in home caregiver for her serious ill father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver is the first book in a planned Caregiver series depicting the true stories of people caring for loved ones at home.  

Caregiving comes naturally to Bobbi. "I come from a long line of caregivers, starting with my Great Grandmother's sister, Nellie, who took in my grandmother's newborn sister when their mother died in childbirth. Since then every generation has had at least one person caring for loved ones. Family takes care of family is ingrained in our beliefs.  That doesn't mean it's right for everyone. Being a home caregiver is incredibly hard and no one should feel guilty if they choose to allow others to step in. Not everyone is cut out to wrestle alligators while herding a dozen cats and being constantly tuned in to another's needs when sleep deprived and in desperate need to go to the bathroom."

Product Details

  • File Size: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Open Books Press (July 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of life August 19, 2014
Anyone who has ever been a caregiver can relate to this book. Though nonfiction, it’s told in the first-person point of view in a narrative style that reads almost like a novel as it chronicles the struggles of author Bobbi Carducci as she spent years caring for her physically and mentally ill father-in-law.

The book celebrates the joys of caregiving while being honest about the struggles. Though my family only had glimpses of caregiving, the struggles Carducci went through rang true. At times—and this is why I primarily read fiction—it was so real that I could feel my blood pressure climbing in sympathy with the author, especially when the frustrations of caregiving caused conflicts in her home life. It was frustrating to me that she quit her job to become a full-time caregiver, only to face countless challenges along the way. Of particular interest and concern were the "challenges" of the healthcare system (Rodger was treated as a vet through the government healthcare system). Through this all, of course, Carducci fought as his advocate—and he was lucky to have her.

Of course we can never know until we’re in that scenario, but think I would have given up in such a situation, so I give Carducci much credit for sticking with it through all the difficulties. I especially enjoyed the glimpse into Rodger’s past to see how his life experiences had molded him.

I recommend the book to anyone who has been through caregiving or anyone who is currently going through it. It’s a slice of Carducci’s life and the life of Rodger, her father-in-law, and it’s a reminder of the fact that human beings share universal struggles and dreams—and aren’t so different after all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Testament of Love July 23, 2014
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“Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver,” a moving true story of the seven years Bobbi Carducci spent taking care of her father-in-law Rodger, is a testament to love, compassion, grace and courage in the face of often inconceivable challenges. At the time Ms. Carducci and her husband took Rodger into their home, they were not aware of his medical history, which included life-long schizophrenia. He also suffered from other medical conditions, including dementia and Parkinson’s, which made Ms. Carducci’s day-to-day experience a kind of rollercoaster ride. In addition to caring for Rodger at home, she proves a valiant advocate for him when he is hospitalized, at times battling with medical professionals to get the care her father-in-law needs or simply to keep him alive. The bond between Rodger and Ms. Carducci is clear, even though his language capacity is limited. At one point, Rodger says to Carducci, “You’re my best friend.” Her tale is nothing short of heroic--invaluable for fellow caregivers. None of us is handed a how-to manual on taking care of an ailing relative—we must make it up as we go along, while doing research and advocating for our loved one. “Confessions” is especially relevant at present when an estimated 60 million families are caring for an aging or disabled person at home, and the majority of caregivers are women. It is a must-read for anyone who has a family or has loved another person. A story for us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, moving read July 17, 2014
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I read this book in manuscript format.

I began reading Confession of an Imperfect Caregiver expecting horrible situations. Well, nothing was horrible, but the situations got pretty bad sometimes.

For seven years, as an in-home caregiver to her father-in-law, Rodger, a man with a host of mental and physical ailments, Bobbi learned to do it her way – and Rodger’s way. This book tells how she did it.

Her clever fixes to problems, fixes that dumbfounded me at times, worked for Rodger’s needs. Rodger was the sun around which she and Mike’s lives revolved.

This is also a love story between a husband and wife trying to stay strong and support each other. They accomplished it, but not without dealing with strife and anger.

This book moved me from tears to laughter to compassion.

This book is all about Rodger; this book is all about Bobbi; this book is all about Mike. Bobbi has somehow plaited these three lives into an amazing story of caregiving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary and Admirable Memoir of Caregiving September 13, 2014
This admirable book contains a cautionary tale for those caring for persons not able to advocate for themselves - or worse, persons actively working against their own best interests due to mental problems. To survive seven years as a caregiver for someone with multiple problems is a tribute to the author's determination to do the right thing by her husband's father. Her sincerity was so clear that most persons encountering them in a medical setting believed that the patient was her own father. The cautionary tale part concerns the many health professionals who either gave or received only partial information about the patient - meaning that the next person in line acted on incorrect information. As much a memoir as a model for others in a similar situation, this fine book shows that others have family strife and negative feelings regarding their patient, as well as unrealistic expectations that surface during the very situations when they should be pulling together. Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lively reading; supportive information.
Good description of the difficulties in caring for an elderly relative with dementia and mental health issues. Lively writing, easy reading. Read more
Published 2 days ago by nellis21
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is absolutely awesome. Sure
This book is absolutely awesome. Sure, it's non-fiction. But its the best kind! It gives you a whole in perspective on caregivers, and for those of us who have been there it... Read more
Published 5 days ago by clementine22
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding a way to have peace and joy while pouring out you life for the...
I highly recogmend this book for all caregivers. I am a caregiver myself. Bobbie Carducci writes from personal experience of all the challenges and rewards that come from this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda R Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Caregivers' Reality
The author's description of her experience hit home with me. As a caregiver, she put into words the anger, frustration and love which I've experienced as well.
Published 4 months ago by Izzy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who cares.
A beautifully written, honest account. If your are a caregiver, if you know a caregiver, or if your are just curious your heart will be touched by Bobbi's story.
Published 4 months ago by Judith H. Swartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a lovely book. I downloaded it to my ...
Just a lovely book. I downloaded it to my Kindle Fire because I didn't want to wait for the next booksigning to pick it up! Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for everyone.
Bobbi Carducci lived and told it like it was. Great read. I enjoyed this.
Published 5 months ago by Patrick J DiCesare
5.0 out of 5 stars It was awesome!!
It was awesome !!! Gave affirmation on my feelings I had taking care of my mother in law !!!
Published 5 months ago by Brandie M Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes you feel good that you are not alone and not perfect
For those who have been a caregiver will relate well to this book. Our family were caregivers to our mom until her death. We faced some of the same issues Bobbi did. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carol Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars she is an amazing woman. She is the model for all caregivers
I must say, truly a must read book. After reading the struggles and trials and tribulations that Bobbi went though during the 7 tears that she cared for Roger , she is an amazing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary Rose McHenry
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More About the Author

Barbara Simpson Carducci, AKA Bobbi Carducci, grew up in Binghamton, NY. The second of six lively children born into an extended Irish family she often took refuge under a large shade tree to bask in the peace and quiet and enjoy her favorite books.

She wrote her first story at the age of eight one rainy summer afternoon when her best friend's mother sat the two giggling girls at her dining table, handed them paper and pencil, and invited them to write something. She was hooked and continues to write to this day. Now a grandmother, she enjoys sharing her love of writing with aspiring authors of all ages through writing workshops, school visits, and online classes.

Her book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, the true story of the seven years she was a caregiver for her mentally and physically ill father-in-law, Rodger, was published by Open Books Press on July 26, 2104.

Her book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, earned a Gold Mom's Choice Award for excellence in family friendly products and was named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers in Cesar's Way Magazine, the official publication of Cesar Milan, TVs the Dog Whisperer.

She is the Executive Director of the Young Voices Foundation, an educational nonprofit established to mentor young writers (
She is a former senior staff writer for a Washington, D.C. area newspaper and a professional book reviewer. Her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort books.


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