You Might Be a Caregiver If… by Lon Kieffer
Caregivers, perhaps the strongest of personality types, derive much of their personal satisfaction through pleasing Others. As a result, they often lose perspective on how to please themselves! This book will help these amazing individuals to learn about themselves through increased Awareness and Acceptance of who and what they are; and more importantly why they do what they do!
"I’ve been a caregiver to my mother since 2001. It’s now 2012. I’ve been raising my children, maintaining a marriage, holding two households together, and taking care of all the other details of life…and there is no light at the end of the tunnel of caregiving. When I first heard of Lon Kieffer and his Defender of Caregivers website, I was desperately ready for a word of encouragement. I have identified with nearly 100% of all that Lon has shared in his book. It’s a must read for caregivers of any stripe – professional or non-professional. It will give you a new perspective and help you see that the only thing standing between you and a different attitude is…well, read the book and find out!"
I never saw myself as a caregiver, even though I am a nurse. I know that probably doesn’t make sense to most of you, but if you read the book you will understand. I didn’t “fit the profile” that the “experts” talk about in the various sources I’ve sought over the years. The author refers to one of these sources in his book. One day not long after enduring cervical spine surgery I decided to pick up “Fifty Shades of Grey” and see what it was all about. I decided to put it down after about an hour of reading and pick up “You Might Be A Caregiver if” and another hour later I was hooked! Christian Grey be damned, I finished “You Might Be A Caregiver if” and I learned a lot about myself. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they are a professional caregiver by trade, or by circumstance. Great read! (And I DID NOT pick Fifty Shades of Grey back up!)
I found that “You Might Be A Caregiver If” is a book that should be read by all caregivers. Being a longtime advocate for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, I know the support that is truly needed to help these folks. Lon Kieffer’s philosophy and humor is something that can be benefited by all, after all, humor is crucial to healing the soul. This book is highly recommended.