April marks the remembrance of significant events in my life. Some events were difficult and some were very exciting. It was in April of 2006 that my first husband, Wayne, went into the doctor's office, and we received our first indication that something was wrong. This was followed by a four and a half year struggle with his ever increasingly disabling neurological disease.
Yet it was in April of 2008 that I completed eight months of breast cancer treatment. What an exciting day! I remember dancing a little jig with a couple of my granddaughters that day. Seven years ago in April in 2014 also marks the publication of my book, Dear Caregiver Reflections for Family Caregivers. What an exciting day that was as well!
Based on my experience as a family caregiver, I wrote my book to encourage current family caregivers. Family care-giving, while a noble calling, is also exhausting and sometimes discouraging. If you are a family caregiver, or you know a family caregiver, they may be blessed and encouraged by my book based on my own experience as a caregiver. In fact, my current husband, Bob, was blessed by reading my book when he was caring for his first wife, Gloria.
My book starts with a brief synopsis of my care-giving story followed by over one hundred brief chapters meant to encourage current caregivers. While writing my book I sought to stay connected with my readers by relevant examples from my own care-giving experiences. I did this by seeking to drive home messages that would encourage readers to persevere in the challenges of family care-giving. I tried to be vulnerable and honest about the feelings and emotions that I experienced during that time in my life as a caregiver for my husband. I also tried to express both the blessings and challenges of that time period in my life. I further tried to share the importance of drawing closer to the Lord in difficult and challenging moments.
If you wish to purchase my book you can purchase it from me directly by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics. My book is also available at Amazon at this link: https://www.amazon.com/DEAR-CAREGIVER-Reflections-Family-Caregivers-ebook/dp/B00JQFJJRA/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Dear+Caregiver+by+Sharon+Vander+Waal&qid=1617808237&s=books&sr=1-1
You can further find my book at Barnes and Noble and elsewhere online. The Barnes and Noble link is here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dear-caregiver-sharon-vander-waal/1119198854?ean=9781629524269 There are Kindle and Nook versions of the book as well as print copies. Consider giving this book as a love gift for a family caregiver you know or buying it for yourself.