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|2||A Life of Dedication and Perfection||7|
|3||MS Rears its Ugly head||13|
|4||Elected by Acclamation as President of the KBC||21|
|5||From Walking to a Wheelchair||25|
|6||Encourage and Allow Independence||35|
|7||It's Different When It's You||43|
|8||What Do Caregivers Do?||47|
|9||Dealing With the Desire to Abandon Ship||55|
|10||Overcoming the Paranoia of Pushing a Wheelchair||59|
|11||A Complete Change of Lifestyle||63|
|12||What Happens to Sex?||69|
|13||Wild Mood Swings||77|
|14||Coping With the Suicidal Threats of the Patient||87|
|15||Coping with Stress||95|
|17||Be Careful About What You Eat||109|
|18||You Must Have A Life||115|
|19||Let Others Help||121|
|20||What People Expect of You as a Caregiver||129|
|21||Down They Go and Everybody Else with Them||137|
|22||What About Guilt||141|
|23||Trust and Its Impact on Relationships||145|
|25||Housing Becomes a Major Issue||161|
|26||Traveling with the Patient||165|
|27||Shopping for my Wife||171|
|28||You Better Have a Sense of Humor||177|
|29||Going Out to Eat||181|
|33||There is Always Somebody Worse||201|
|34||Who Would Have Thought?||205|
|35||How Is Karen Doing?||209|
|36||Try to Understand||215|
|37||The Dying Process||219|
|39||From 1998 to November 2000||247|
Posted August 5, 2003
This is to the individual who DISAPPOINTINGLY gave this book a 1-star rating. I am in the health field, and I can tell you that those who are faced with a situation similar to that of what Mr. Mollette was facing, know that no one can care for their loved one better than themselves. AND, he is right!!!! Health care is very disappointing in many ways. When it comes to assuring what your loved one gets the best possible care, the realization is that you can ALWAYS deliver the best, possible care yourself. So, unless YOU'VE faced that situation, don't be so damned judgemental!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2002
Dr. Mollette shares his experiences, after his wife was diagnosed with MS, with clarity and refreshing honesty. He gives down-to-earth advice for care givers in an open and compassionate manner. This book is a must read for care givers and disability advocates alike. It will shed light on the every day realities for people who suffer from an illness/disability and those who love & care for them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2001
'Silent Struggler' is the honest, factual account of a caregiver. When Dr. Mollette's wife was diagnosed with multiple Sclerosis every aspect of their life and their childrens' lives was changed irrvocably. Dr. Mollette wrote this very personal account of his struggle dealing with his wife's illness because he felt there was a desparate need to tell those (caregivers) in his situation, that they are not alone in their struggle; he understands what it means to live day to day with someone you love and watch helplessly as their condition worsens. Dr. Mollette is honest and forthright about himself and the problems he's encountered and the mistakes he's made along the way. His honesty permeates throughout the book. He's frank and forthcoming about his experiences with the medical community as well, both good experiences and bad experiences. 'Silent Struggler' is a wonderful book, and I say this without reservation. Other than Dr. Mollette himself, I can quite honestly say that I have read and reread 'Silent Struggler' more times than any other person, because I edited this book. And I'm quite proud of that fact. All the reader need do is to pick up the book, read it without preconceived notions of what they think it should be...and the honesty and sincerity and the deep, heartfelt struggle of a caregiver's life will come flooding out. 'Silent Struggler' is an exceptional book. I can't recommend it highly enough.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 4, 2001
Although my heart goes out to Dr. Mollette, I have to say I was confused by the purpose of the book. If it was indeed to encourage and help those in similar situations, I think that could have been best served by including suggestions from the health care field instead of bashing them. Although his struggles have been great, one instance does not an expert make. How about enlisting the aid of someone in the healthcare field who deals daily with patients who require ongoing care and getting some recommendations from them, if nothing else so someone in a similar situation does not make the same mistakes he admittedly made. It's also important to remember that people deal with situations differently and not all care receivers will react in the same way or face the same situations. It would be helpful to have a wider array of information available than just one incident.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2001
Glenn Mollette's 'Silent Struggler' strikes all the chords inside every caregiver who reads this touching work. He examines the need for physical and emotional well-being-- from the caregiver's perspective, and provides scriptural, and common sense instruction for surviving the horrible experience of caring for a loved one stricken with a debilitating, and ultimately fatal disease. Overcoming anger and guilt, and taking care of your own mental, physical, and emotional self are the real strong points in the book. He's been there, and you will identify with his personal story and draw comfort from his selection of scriptures. I highly ecommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2001
Glenn Mollette's touching and painful story is a 'must read book' for anyone who cares for another person. I will recommend this book to every caregiver in my congregation!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2001
THIS IS A WARM,PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF A SPECIAL FAMILY'S LOVE, HURT AND THE WHOLE REALM OF EMOTIONS THAT THEY DEAL WITH DURING THIS PROGRESSIVE DEVASTATING DISEASE. I READ THIS IN ONE DAY AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2001
I was completely captivated by this book. I applaud Dr. Mollette for his honesty and his truthful protrayal of what life is like for the caregiver of a chronically ill loved one. The book is beautifully and disturbingly written. I can't recommend 'Silent Struggler' highly enough! You will love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2001