Youre thrown without warning or training into one of the toughest jobs on earth. Dealing with doctors, medications, patient hygiene, nutrition, and countless details of caring for a desperately ill loved one test the mind and body to the limit. Isolation, fear, confusion, and frustrations large and small chip away at the spirit. As a caregiver, you share the same challenges and concerns as the patient youre caring for. But what help is out there, and how do you find out about it?
Author and speaker Karen Twichell knows. Shes lost her mother, father, and brother to cancer. Her husband and two sisters are cancer survivors. Through her personal experiences, research, and hard work, she has become a highly respected expert in family caregiving. Her practical, step-by-step strategies will empower you by taking the guesswork out of what to do next. She shares vital resources that connect you with the information and services you need. And her personal stories inspire hope and gently reflect the deeply emotional and spiritual commitment youalong with millions of other Americansmake when you take over the care of a loved one.
Karens audiences will learn to:
Take care of yourself while caring for an ill or elderly loved one
Organize and manage the process of caregiving
Secure all available resources and assistance every step of the way
Remain strong in the face of the often overwhelming emotional strain
Keep a treatment journala great way to reduce your stress
and improve services for the patient
Find comfort and support from other caregivers