The Gift I Was Given: The Journey of a Caregiver Through the Stages of What Now?, Why Me?, and Ah Ha!

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Families of individuals with specials needs often feel lost, confused and alone. If the person who is the caregiver is a parent of a young child newly diagnosed, the parent of a young person returning from college with mental illness, the parent of an adult with a disability who is trying to find their way in the world, or the child of a parent who now needs care due to the aging process, all have the same common fears. They don't know where to start, how to be a good caregiver, and don't know where to begin to look for help. The feeling of helplessness can be staggering. Knowing you are not alone and that there are many to reach out to is a huge help. ""The Gift I Was Given"" provides hope to those who have been in my shoes.

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About the author (2009)

Mary Anne Ehlert is uniquely enthusiastic about the potential that all human beings possess to make things better simply by passionately caring. This is an attitude she learned a long time ago by taking an active interest in the welfare of Marcia, her younger sister. Marcia was born with disabilities due to cerebral palsy, but she had a great sense of humor and love of life. Mary Anne found that her own life was as enriched by their close relationship. This led her to the realization that people need to feel needed, that people need to be independent, and that passion is the life force that has the power to drive us all. Inspired by this knowledge and the desire to make a difference, Mary Anne now directs her energies to helping families like her own who have relatives with special needs, whether that individual is a child, sibling, parent.

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