NORMAL Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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eBookIt.com, May 22, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 442 pages
What would happen if the Unthinkable blindsided you, requiring everything be put on hold to become a full time caregiver for a loved one? at the very least, it would reshape your life. Without a survival guide, it could even destroy it.
Barb Owen delivers precisely that survival guide in NORMAL Doesn't Live Here Anymore: An Inspiring Story of Hope for Caregivers. She weaves a story, through the first two parts of the book, based on her life-changing experience as primary caregiver for her elderly parents. Following each chapter a bit of wisdom gained from Barb's experience is summarized as a Reflection. The third part of NORMAL Doesn't Live Here Anymore addresses the critical need for self-care for the new and seasoned caregiver alike. Specific suggestions abound for Me Time—how to find it—what to do with it—and how very important it is for sustaining oneself throughout the often arduous caregiving-marathon.
This truly inspiring book is one part parable, one part autobiography and all survival guide, illuminating a path for the more than 65 million caregiving Americans.
"Everything hinges on your ability to care for both yourself and your loved one," says Owen. "This maxim is of great consequence—heed it, and you will endure. Dismiss it, and you will have trouble surviving. Take care of yourself, your loved one and keep the faith, because you're not alone."
––- REFLECTION;
Difficult subjects sometimes need to be discussed. You might be asked by others to deliver bad news—news of someone's death, a life-altering diagnosis, or even the necessity for a change in residence. Each conversation carries the potential for unleashed emotions. My advice? No matter how difficult or emotional, don't leave words left unsaid. People, if capable of understanding, deserve information. Often, they are much stronger than we realize.
Words are powerful. They carry courage, condemnation, reassurance or permission. Choose them wisely as your words may be the ones that bring freedom from pain or suffering. It's tough, but I know you can do it and if you listen to that voice inside, you will know exactly the right time and the right words.
Be Strong!
 

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Contents

Reflection
Chapter 27
Reflection
Chapter 28
Reflection
Chapter 29
Reflection
Chapter 30

Reflection
Chapter 2
Reflection
Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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Chapter 7
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Chapter 8
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Chapter 9
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Chapter 10
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Chapter 11
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Chapter 12
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Chapter 13
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Chapter 14
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Chapter 15
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Chapter 16
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Chapter 17
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Chapter 18
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Chapter 19
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Chapter 20
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Chapter 21
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Chapter 22
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Chapter 23
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Chapter 24
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Part II
Chapter 25
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Chapter 26
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Chapter 31
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Chapter 32
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Chapter 33
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Chapter 34
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Chapter 35
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Chapter 36
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Chapter 37
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Chapter 38
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Chapter 39
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Chapter 40
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Chapter 41
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Chapter 42
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Chapter 43
Reflection
Chapter 44
Reflection
Part III
Me Time
Me Time 1
Me Time 2
Me Time 3
Me Time 4
Me Time 5
Me Time 6
Me Time 7
Me Time 8
Me Time 9
Me Time 10
Me Time 11
Me Time 12
Me Time
Epilogue
One Last Thing
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Suggested Reading for Caregivers
Contact Us
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