In her groundbreaking book Passages, Gail Sheehy reframed the picture of adult life by exploring it as a series of distinct transitions, each with its own set of challenges and rewards. In the author's bestselling book Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, Sheehy draws upon her own personal experience of caring for a husband with cancer. The award-winning writer turns her expert gaze upon the more than 50 million people in the U.S. who care for loved ones with chronic illness; an elderly parent, a spouse, a life-partner or a child.
Sharing strategies for being healthy, compassionate and wise in a process that often upends the life we knew, Sheehy provides valuable insight and tips for navigating the caregiver's journey. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter praises Sheehy's timely exploration of the challenging role a caregiver takes on, calling it "one of those rare books that can drastically lighten even the heaviest of loads."
Here is an excerpt that outlines the various kinds of caregiving we do and strategies for not just surviving the journey, but thriving in the process.
"The Acute Caregiver:" "The distinction is between acute and chronic caregiving. Acute illness invades your life while you're making other plans..."
The foregoing is excerpted from Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence by Gail Sheehy. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022.