It’s My Life, Too! Reclaim Your Caregiver Sanity
by Learning When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No”
This new #1 Best-Seller book is designed to teach caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones (due to an illness or disability) how to take care of themselves FIRST. If they don’t learn this, they will likely suffer burnout and become as helpless as the person they are caring for.
The airlines got it right every time they tell you in their emergency briefing, “In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, your oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling. If you are with a small child, put your mask on FIRST, before you help your child with their mask.” They understand all too well from personal experience that the first instincts of a caring, loving and self-sacrificial parent is to help their loved one before they help themselves. They also understand that those who do so, often black out, thus becoming unable to help either themselves or their child.
Caregivers are the same way. Caregiver burnout is at epidemic proportions. With roughly 100 million caregivers in the United States alone, (about one third of the population) everyone knows someone who is caring for a loved one that is likely not taking care of their own needs first. This book, and my radio show, “Dave, the Caregiver’s Caregiver, Avoiding Burnout,” will help fill this need in the caregiver community.
Dave’s had over twenty years of caring for his wife, Charlene — I’d say that makes him an expert on long-term caregiving — and he’s giving us the benefit of his expertise in “It’s My Life Too.” More than just a how-to book, you’ll learn that by living a personally fulfilling life, the quality of care we provide is amplified. I encourage you to read his story and learn what you can do to make your life fuller.
— Adrienne Gruberg, Founder & President, The Caregiver Space, Inc.
I love Dave’s newest book! It’s empowering, practical and heartfelt–just what we need during a time like caregiving when we feel we don’t have choices. Dave shines his light on the good choices we can make. And, those choices are good for ourselves and for our careers.
— Denise M. Brown, Founder, CareGiving.com
Caregiving is tough. It’s tough all round and many find themselves facing seemingly insurmountable personal challenges about how to continue. Stress, anxiety, depression, anger, financial distress and more. In this book are real stories and real solutions for the growing numbers of the population being thrust into the scary and unforgiving world of being a caregiver – a very worthwhile read.
—Malcolm Bohm, Founder of The Caregiver Connection