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A Great Book!,
This review is from: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding (Paperback)
Before you begin to read this book, make sure you read the introduction by Joan Lunden. If you are a current caregiver or know you will be one in the near future, her experiences with her mother and the sharing of her experiences will help you find peace in the journey you are or will be experiencing.
I am going to share just two of the stories with you. All of these stories were told by real individuals of their journeys as caregivers.
The first one is called "Love Unconditionally with No Guarantees" . This true story was written by Sharon Babineau who became a caregiver for her husband who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and her daughter who died of cancer at the age of 15. Her story is one of unconditional love, cherishing each moment of life and being fearless. Sharon is an amazing woman who I would love to meet and have as a friend.
The next selection is called "Changing My Expectations". It is written by Kathleen H. Wheeler. Kathleen's story is about the challenges she faced as her mother's Alzheimer's progressed. She realized as her mother's physical being deteriorated and she needed more care, that her expectations for her mother's abilities to do things had to change. She had to find ways to be with her mother and do things with and for her that met the stage her mother was in at the time of her visit. When you read this it may help you to find peace in the small activities you can do with your loved one that ultimately will bring you joy and maybe them too.
Each story in this book holds possible answers for those of us who will be caregivers. You never know when you will be called upon to help with a family member. To know others have had similar situations and are able to find the love and compassion needed too, should give us all the hope we need to face the challenges we may encounter.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2014, 1:44:24 PM PST
Cherishing each moment of life & being fearless.........thanks for writing this. I am a family caregiver to our Mom. There is nothing my entire life I wouldn't do for her. She is a true blessing in this world & the sunshine of my world. I will have no one when she passes, but, until then I will cherish every day I share with her. Thanks for writing!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2015, 11:04:17 AM PST
You will have Our Good Lord, the people living and learning through your service to your Mom, your love and memories of her, and most important, she is still (respectfully, hopefully) with you now :) I was just touched by your post, and wanted to wish you peace!
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