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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Love&Honor&Value
Name of author(s): Suzanne Geffen Mintz
Name of publisher: Capital Books ISBN
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Summary:
Love, Honor & Value (author: Suzanne Mintz) discusses in practical, often poignant terms, the problems faced by long-term caregivers. The books offers practical and sound advice for handling day-to-day problems, and includes sources of information and help for families coping with the physical, emotional and financial burdens of caregiving. The author, president and co-founder of the National Family Caregiving Association, is herself is caregiver to her beloved husband who has suffered with multiple sclerosis for 30 years. She writes with uncompromising candor and insight. As a former long-term caregiver myself, I recognize the wisdom and usefulness of this book and can recommend it without reservation. I wish it had been available during my 17 years of caregiving.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Suzanne Gefften Mintz has written an inspiring,compelling and emotional account of her life as caregiver to her husband,Steven, who has MS.In a story that all carers will be able to relate to,she highlights the tremendous contribution that the caregiver provides, not only to their individual loved one but also to society as a whole.Some do this a huge physical, emotional and financial cost to themselves.
She brings us through the early stages of her husband,s illness, when he first experienced a tingling sensation in both legs;the anxious time when Steven was in hospital and when the doctor finally informed her that he had MS, a degenarative and incurable neurological disease; the depression and despair that followed for her and her family; and how she picked herself up and coped.Suzanne explains a SWOT analysis.AWOT stands for Strengths,Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.This enables the carer to begin to take charge, to find ways to cope with their fears,to decide what choices they have, maybe to seek assistance from family, friends or from their community, and to realise that they are not alone.
She highlights the isolation that comes from having to focus so much on day-to-day living while falimy and friends turn away.She shares with us the experiences and sacrifices of other carers:some may have a father, mother, child or other family member in their care;some may have to give up their employment health insurance or pension rights.
In conclusion, she highlights the frustraction, sadness, grief, love, kindness, compassion, anger, pride and guilt in a very sympathetic way.It is fascinating and reassuring to read about theexperiences of so many different people and how they coped.It conveys the important message to carers that there are others out there having the same experiences.

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