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Midwest Book Review:
Written by inspirational speaker Janet Edmunson, Finding Meaning With Charles: Caregiving With Love Through A Degenerative Disease is a personal testimony concerning the experience of caring for a loved one through the progression of Parkinson's Plus syndrome. The importance of the serenity prayer -- "To accept what I cannot change" -- the test of faith in God that is watching a loved one gradually die, and the little day-to-day aspects of life. A profound and soul-baring memoir of observing twilight years.
-- Midwest Book Review
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For release May 2006
Announcing the publication of Finding Meaning With Charles:
Publication date - August 2006
This is a new title by Janet Edmunson, a resident of Danvers, MA, and Portland, ME.
Edmunson, an inspirational speaker, has over 30 years experience in health promotion.
She is currently Director of Prevention & Wellness for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She cared for her husband Charles through a debilitating and devastating neurological disease that ultimately lead to his death in the same year the couple would have celebrated their twentieth anniversary.
Charles was known for his progressive and uniquely effective management and leadership theories, having authored a book, and lectured widely on the topic. He left a rich legacy and many admirers, but one aspect of the legacy was just for his wife.
Through the course of his life and then his disease, Edmunson learned the keys to becoming a supportive caregiver for a loved one who is terminally ill.
It wasn't easy. As Edmunson saw the man she shared a life with become progressively more ill, he became more and more dependent on her and others. She helped him through his emotional frustrations and physical degeneration while wrestling with her own challenges and emotions. Their story illustrates for others how to do more than just cope with an illness. The book teaches readers to help their loved one fulfill whatever aspirations are still possible, which helps them to become stronger due to the experience.
Throughout Finding Meaning With Charles, Edmunson offers Caregiving Affirmations with each chapter, lessons learned from grappling with the issues involved with catastrophic illness, and she passes these lessons on to others who might be in a similar situation now or in the future, whether caring for a sibling, parent, child or a spouse. She discusses how to deal with doctors, telling the family about illness, and how to care for someone and help them keep their dignity. Edmunson also lets readers into the wonderful story of the couple's courtship and marriage, as well as through the challenges they faced when Charles became ill.
"If you don't stay positive, what's the alternative?" Edmunson asks. "You'd just spiral down into depression and I didn't want to go there." This book helps those in caregiving roles get through the hard times, stay centered and positive.
Finding Meaning With Charles is an inspirational guidebook for anyone who needs to learn how to help a loved one and themselves, as Edmunson says, "get to the other side." It uses one woman's experience with her husband's illness and death, to share larger spiritual truths, which do provide comfort as well as resources for readers.
Unlocks the reader's vulnerabilities as the sharing of everyday details is interwoven with larger spiritual understandings regarding the nature of disease, loss, and relationship. The author has used the complexity and richness of the experience to "make meaning" and to accomplish the difficult task in grief of holding the past and bringing it forward to the now.
-- Edith L. Murray
This uplifting book will encourage caregivers to make the most of their situation, help them understand the difficulties they'll face, and teach them what they can do to help their loved one achieve personal aspirations.... A "must read" for caregivers of degenerative neurological diseases.
-- Richard Zyne
I have walked in Janet's shoes as a caregiver. Caregiving is a true test of love and endurance. As a caregiver, you will be overwhelmed. This book will give you an incredible sense of peace and acceptance and the affirmations will bring you comfort. I wish the book were available when I struggled with my journey.
-- Patti Ryan
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