Voices of Caregiving: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength

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Filled with the true stories of caregivers from all walks of life, these firsthand accounts have the power to enlighten and inspire. Caregivers speak candidly about their experiences, sharing insights and lending courage to others. With as many as 44 million people currently providing care for those with debilitating illness—many of whom are coming to the aid of a friend or family member without the benefit of training—this book is as an ...

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Overview

Filled with the true stories of caregivers from all walks of life, these firsthand accounts have the power to enlighten and inspire. Caregivers speak candidly about their experiences, sharing insights and lending courage to others. With as many as 44 million people currently providing care for those with debilitating illness—many of whom are coming to the aid of a friend or family member without the benefit of training—this book is as an invaluable resource and important source of guidance. Cutting-edge information from authorities in the field of medical care and caregiving provides the best possible answers and aids those who seek to help others.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This compilation of caregivers' personal stories should prove inspiring, supportive, and informative to those responsible for family members or others unable to care for themselves owing to disability or disease. Similar to Nell Casey's An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family, this book is nevertheless unique because it is not a guide and is not limited to a specific disease, condition, or demographic. Divided into four parts arranged by attributes like commitment, patience, humor, etc., the book also incorporates an informative essay, "Palliative Care and Hospice," broken up into ten segments that are frustratingly difficult to access with no listing in the table of contents. The contributors present disparate aspects of the caregiving experience that range from anger to transcendence. Readers will glean valuable information from each vignette, including pertinent web sites. A resources section features annotated contact information for associations, groups, and organizations supporting caregivers. The entry for the Alzheimer's Foundation lacks a web site listing, although there is one. Suitable for public or health-oriented libraries, especially where other books in the "Voices of" series are popular.
—Lois K. Merry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934184066
  • Publisher: LaChance Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Voices Of series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The Healing Project is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 and dedicated to creating a community of support for those challenged with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Their previous titles include Voices of Alzheimer's, Voices of Breast Cancer, and Voices of Lung Cancer. They are located in South Salem, New York.

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Table of Contents


Foreword: The New Frontier of Caregiving   Barry Katz     xi
Foreword: America's New First Responder: Prisoners of Love Today, Sacred Heroes Tomorrow   James Huysman, Psy.D., LCSW     xv
Foreword: The Caregiving Crisis in America   Laura Bauer Granberry, MPA     xxi
Introduction: The Healing Project   Debra LaChance     xxv
Acknowledgments     xxxi
Learning
Why Me?   Dan Gordon     3
Palliative Care and Hospice   Cynthia X. Pan, MD     9
My Own Sixth Sense   Toni Weingarten     13
Mom Had Alzheimer's   Ruth A. Brandwein     17
Ben and the Snow Storm   Kay Cavanaugh     23
Lessons Learned   Tom Brown     29
I Didn't Get the Memo   Karen Laven     35
Always Treasure Today   Michael Steven Edwards     43
Commitment
Strange Silence   Nicole Drumheller Gargus     51
In Sickness and In Health   Mary Potter Kenyon     57
Do You Have Any Brothers or Sisters?   Whitney Sheppard     63
Love Is Never Too Old   Carla Joinson     69
Behind Lace Curtains   Kali J. Van Baale     73
These Days I Will Remember   Laurie McConnachie     79
For the Love of Rose   Susan Melchione     85
Compassion
April Showers   Emily Donohue Robbins     93
Mother-in-Love   Nancy Hoke     99
Suze Says No   Ned Bastow     107
The Switch   Sondra Levenson     111
Speaking the Unspoken   Mary Graham     115
Taking Care of Ellie   Maria V. Ciletti     121
Assessment Number Two   Maryann Lesert     129
Patience
Give Caring   Joanne Hirase-Stacey     141
Postpartum Blues Plus Twenty   Claire Luna-Pinsker     145
A Mother's Journal   Susan Norton     151
The Reward   Rosemary Banks     161
Needed   B. Lynn Goodwin     173
Love Lessons   Laura Shumaker     177
Forgiveness
Visitors   M.C. Winters     187
Letting Go   Elizabeth Van Ingen     195
Homecoming   Deborah Miller Rothschild     203
Mothering Mother   Carol O'Dell     207
Taking Care   Joann Price     211
Humor
A Crash Course: How to Be a Do-Right Cancer Husband   Marc Silver     217
Whoosh!   Judy Kronenfeld     225
Life With Dax   Derek Neeld     239
Dad's Private Police   Catherine A. Johnson     245
Afterword: Caregivers Seeking Advice: A Doctor's Prescription   Rosemary Laird, MD, MHSA     249
Afterword: When Angels Appeared: Narratives in Complementary Medicine   Ooi-Thye Chong, RN, MPH L. Ac.     257
Resources     269
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