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Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver [Kindle Edition]

Bobbi Carducci
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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."

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  • 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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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 Memorial Day - Uplifting Guide, Story, and Memoir May 25, 2015
Book Review - Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver

What an amazing tribute to caregivers! None of us is perfect, nor is author Bobbi Carducci whose book details her journey with her mentally and physically ailing, aging father-in-law, Rodger. Although Carducci feels that she fails again and again, she energetically waves a wand of positive energy, faith, and authentic care for the people who rely on her

Instead of self-berating the entire book, she rises above each setback that she experiences with her husband Mike, Rodger, and the many medical personnel involved with his well-being.

Carducci is a master at balancing such a common, relatable, yet emotional topic for an audience who will laugh, cry, yell, dwell, forgive, and transcend with this family and their own.

She mixes the opposing conflicts of the caregiver’s life in a way that the reader can stand watch over Rodger with her in her Virginia home, the many car rides to doctors, and the hospitals that hosted his broken body, scattered mind, attacked heart, and mystical, yet solid soul. Through sentimentality and humor, pain and victory, sickness and health, illusion and reality, aging and childishness, hope and despair, and ultimately life and death, Carducci plants a garden path for the reader to weed, pluck, seed, smell, and enjoy their own story of caregiving.

If you are a full-blown caregiver, a distant caregiver, a wannabe caregiver, a soon to be caregiver, or a loved one needing caregiving, I recommend you open Carducci’s plan here to “NOT PLAN” because you just can’t. Not only is she an imperfect caregiver, but she is also an imperfect fortune teller and can’t predict each day’s dynamics with her Rodger.
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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 A heart-felt memorable read. May 24, 2015
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Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci

This is the story of Bobbi Cardduci's life while taking care of her aging Father-in-law. Bobbi chose to take on the role of care giver to her father-in-law who was suffering with many different conditions; Schizophrenia, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Dysphagia, C.O.P.D and Congestive heart failure.

Bobbie tells her story from the heart. She is honest, and explains the daily challenges, rewards, and frustrations being a care giver. From dealing with incompetent medical professionals, to the erratic moods of her father-in-law. She is honest and open and also tells the good and the challenging parts of being a care giver.

I really loved Bobbi's honesty, baring her innermost feelings. I have personally been a caretaker for several family members, so I was able to relate to all of her mixed emotions.

I feel Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver is a great read and readers of all genres will enjoy this read. At some point in life most people will be faced with caring for an aging parent and reading Bobbi's beautifully written story touched my heart in so many ways.

*This book was given to me as a gift.
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Published 5 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 6 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.
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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 7 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 7 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 7 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
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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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