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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Visual Impressions Publishing (May 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098466324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984663248
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Romantic and real, practical and inspiring, Rob Harris has struck a nerve with his helpful book. . . .If you're on a caregiving mission or if you just need to come face to face with humanity at its best, this book is for you."
~Leeza Gibbons, TV host and founder, Leeza's Place: A Place for Family Caregivers

"I am so impressed with this book! ...This would be a valuable addition to medical school and nursing school curriculum, serving as a trigger to help health professionals, patients, and caregivers alike understand what person-centered care really means."
~Michael Fisch, MD, chair, Department of General Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

"A passionate and heart-wrenching page-turner that eloquently captures the joys and frustrations of becoming a caregiver. An absolute must-read for anyone with loved ones fighting for their lives."
~Karen Glowacki, communications director, WhatNext.com

About the Author

Rob Harris is an accredited Human Resources professional (SPHR). In that position, he assists corporate executives and employees with strategic and day-to-day human resources needs.

More importantly, Rob is a caregiver to his wife, a two-time cancer survivor (Lymphoma, Sarcoma). The experience of caring for her over the years has enriched his life beyond what he could ever have imagined. Rob blogs about caregiving at his website. He is also a regular contributor to the American Cancer Society's website and Leeza Gibbons' blog, as well as a guest blogger on many other websites.

He's a widely recognized expert on caregiving and has been interviewed on radio, video, and in well-known print and digital publications. Rob's second book, We're In This Together: A Caregiver's Guide, is in production.

Although he will always consider Maryland home, Rob and his wife have resided in Orlando, FL for many years. They are the proud parents of two sons, both officers in the US Army, with one currently serving in Afghanistan.

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Once I started reading this book I could not put it down.
Tammy Hauck
This book is well written by a person who writes well, offering very practical wisdom born of person experience.
Elizabeth Heidler
Rob and Cindy's story is one of deep love and true emotions.
Angil Tarach-Ritchey RN, GCM

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Lee Scher, MD on July 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a physician and caregiver. I can say that this book should be read by any healthcare provider and any caregiver. It is easily readable, conveys compassion, and delivers extremely useful information. We will all be caregivers at some time in our lives. we many times do not expect it. This book therefore, can be read at different times on different levels. It may be read casually as an education of the healthcare system, or at a time of real need as a reference. It will make you laugh and cry. It will make you grateful for many compassionate healthcare providers, yet angry and frustrated with others. It is, in essence, therefore a book about the human spirit. You won't be sorry and will suggest its reading to others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zoe Jeavons on July 8, 2012
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An amazing, brave, honest and heart rending story. Having been a Carer and also a Cancer Patient in the last few years I could easily relate to this brilliantly written story. Its is hopeful and positive and I think anyone would benefit from the experiences that Rob so eloquently expresses in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Wilson on July 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What a wonderful true to life story of one caregivers journey. More than a story, it is filled with pragmatic tips and help for anyone who is thrust into the role as caregiver. My wife and I formed The CareGiver Partnership after we learned first hand how frustrating, frantic and frazzled we became after helping to care for her father. That's why we plan to get the word out on our caregiver blog and offer free copies to our readers. Everyone is either a caregiver or will be one day.

Its tough to put down "We're In This Together: A Caregiver's Story by Rob Harris". I was sad when I finished reading it. The writing style is engaging and I felt like I had a front row seat throughout this journey. Rob, who I've known for a short time has a marvelous narrative writing style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Breta on July 15, 2012
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What a wonderful story of strength, courage, commitment , and love. Rob and Cindy Harris have allowed us into their very personal life. Rob has shared with his readers a look at his life as a first time caregiver and Cindy has allowed Rob to opened our eyes to our worst nightmare; cancer. Reading this book has given me a new perspective into the life of caregivers, the challenges they face on a daily basis.

If you or anyone you know is a caregiver, this book is a MUST read. The Caregiver Tips are full of helpful clues to keep the Caregiver and Patient safe, and sane.

If you are looking for a Love story, this book is a MUST read.

**** If you think you know the true meaning of "Live, Laugh, Love" then you HAVE read this book. ****
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angil Tarach-Ritchey RN, GCM on July 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
We're In This Together: A Caregiver's Story is a gift of love from Rob to his wife Cindy after her cancer diagnosis, and now is provided as a gift of love to other family caregiver's who find themselves in this often unexpected and difficult role. No one is given a caregiver manual when an unexpected illness or injury strikes. Family caregivers often feel alone in their thoughts, feelings and role not knowing what is "normal", what to expect, or how to handle the roller coaster of emotions that is a part of the journey. Rob provides a realistic and true account of his emotions which will help family caregivers understand they aren't alone in their thoughts and feelings.

Rob and Cindy's story is one of deep love and true emotions. Caregiver's don't often think about the depth of love it takes to provide care for a family member which is evident throughout the book. Not only does Rob help caregivers feel they're not alone in the journey and emotions that come with it, but he has included 70 very helpful caregiver tips.

As a nurse and care manager, I highly recommend Rob's book for family caregivers and healthcare professionals. It's important for professionals to understand and be reminded of the humanness and true lives behind the patients and diseases we treat. Family caregivers are the extension of our patients and need to be included in the care process. Only through empathy can we provide the care that our patients and family caregivers need. Bringing us into the intimate details of Rob's story as a family caregiver, helps us all come back to a place of empathy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AnneMarie on July 7, 2012
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Rob Harris has written an exceptionally moving story weaving his love and absolute devotion for Cindy with the practical advice necessary to be a caregiver. "We're In This Together" perfectly captures the way I felt when reading the story. He refers to his wife's doctors as "our oncologist" or "our surgeon" and as a cancer patient/survivor, those words touch me every time I read them. Patients often feel they are a burden and little words like this make a world of difference. Caregiving is far more difficult than being the one "in the gown" ..... I sat on the other side for a brief time with my dad. The feeling of helplessness is overwhelming. For anyone who is dealing with a serious illness, whether you are the patient or the caregiver, this book is an invaluable tool. Caregivers **need** care. Rob has provided excellent suggestions. For those of us who are being cared for..... this book gave me excellent insight into what it feels like to be on the other side.
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More About the Author

My name is Rob Harris. Like most people, I very unexpectedly became an at-home caregiver when my wife was first diagnosed with cancer. Since then, I have been an at-home caregiver since 1990. After providing two decades of caregiving, I decided to share my experiences. I wanted other frightened and confused caregivers to know they had a friend they could turn to for caregiver support and advice. There are so many in need of in-home caregiving assistance from family caregivers. My goal, through my writing and working closely with caregivers and health-care professionals, is to provide support for patients suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's, Muscular Dystrophy, cancer, or any other illnesses or injuries in which a family caregiver is needed.

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