Wendy Mac Ewan Kroger’s love for her younger brother led her on a frightening and difficult journey after he suffered a major stroke.
The episode plays out in My Brother’s Keeper: A Caregiver’s Story, from visits to hospitals and care facilities to sharing a home to dealing with a myriad of issues, none of which was easy. Over the course of several years, Wendy became her brother’s caregiver, advocate, drill sergeant, mother – whatever helped.
My Brother’s Keeper shares what she learned in hopes others who are inadvertent caregivers may benefit from the experience: Medical jargon, Medicaid, power of attorney, student loans, unraveling red tape, the IRS, credit unions, business owners, stellar professionals and unbelievable friends. She learned about herself and lost thirty pounds, but she also discovered a tenacity she didn’t know she had.
This is a tale that can help those who must care for others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story is both heart breaking and heart warming. It also includes so much valuable information for caretakers. I really wish I'd had this book while taking care of my Grandmother. It would have made a lot of things more clear and much easier. Kroger has done a very thorough job researching different issues and wading through the red tape, which I think helps to make this book not only invaluable but ESSENTIAL for a caregiver and their family. Also, her beautiful spirit, giving nature and unconditional love for her brother brightly shines from within the pages. I will be suggesting this book to everyone I know that is a caregiver or knows another person who is a caregiver. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley & Black Rose Writing in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.