Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers (Review and Giveaway)



101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding--

Do you have a family member who requires constant care? You are not alone. This collection offers support and encouragement in its 101 stories for family caregivers of all ages, including the "sandwich" generation caring for a family member while raising their children. With stories by those on the receiving end of the care too. These stories of love, sacrifice, and lessons will inspire and uplift family members making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere.

My Thoughts:

As I have gotten older, my role has shifted from not only being a daughter, but also becoming a caregiver.  Nothing prepares you for this new role, but as your parents and grandparents age, you find yourself stepping into the role.  My father was ill a few years back and I spent time visiting him in the hospital, and the at home.  It has been a long road back, but with the support of my mother and I, he is back to his old self.  During his time of recovery, we found laughter to be the best medicine.  On the rough days, we would act silly just to get a laugh out of him.  After reading this book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, I can see laughter works for many people.  I loved reading others stories on how they deal with be a caretaker, and the sacrifices that they make to care for those they love.  These stories also made me remember when I was going through cancer treatment, and my parents became my caretakers, helping to feed me when I had a feeding tube, take me to chemo and radiation appointments, hold my hair back when I was sick, and just be there to offer a hug when I needed it.  Being a caretaker can take a toll on you emotionally and physically, so you need to make sure you also take time for yourself, so that you can give 100% when needed.  I know that as my parents age, they may need my help again, and I will be there, as they have been there and are there for me.  This book really inspires those who are caring for others, and let you know that you are not alone.  Even if you aren't caring for someone, you probably will be done the road, and this book will shed light on what caretakers go through.  Out of all the books I have read in this series, this one is by far one of my favorites, and one I will be sharing with family and friends.


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a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The view above are mine and mine alone.


  1. I was my father's caregiver for several months before he passed away. I wish I could have read a book like this one.

  2. I would love to win this for a friend who is taking care of her elderly mom.

  3. I would like to win this for my sister in law who is a caretaker.
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  4. I would like to win this for a caregiver I know. She could really use this. It's been tough. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.