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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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