Hope for the Caregiver – Introduction

 

Hello, everyone. I give you greetings from North Texas. 2018 has kept me very busy. 

The year started off on a somber note. My sweet wife Benita passed away from cancer in April. Nothing has been more life-altering for me than her death. January through April 2018 was all caregiving, all the time, as in twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. She had two types of cancer. Benita had been fighting Melanoma Cancer since June 2015 and neuroendocrine carcinoid since 2013. From 2013 she had required daily caregiving. We were married over 43 years. I miss her every day.

In May 2018 I visited my brother in Destin, Florida followed by a brief visit to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Sevierville, Tennessee. Both visits were during my en route travels to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference. The conference was held at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Ashville, North Carolina. I attended the meeting May 20 – 24. By the way, it was the best writer’s conference ever!

June 2018 included a trip to northern Arizona. There I rested, relaxed, and researched a new science fiction book I’ve started writing by visiting some places you’ll find in the book.

You probably know authors just can’t keep from jumping on those shiny new projects. I’ve decided to post a new nonfiction book on my blog starting this July before publishing it. By doing this, you can try the new book and see if it ministers to you before spending any money. The book’s working title is “Hope for the Caregiver.” The below introduction tells its purpose.

I know you’ll want to give it a try. Go ahead, try it. I’ll post a new chapter every Monday on my blog JimmieKepler.com, and then repeats the same chapter on Thursdays on my blog Prayers for the Chronically Ill. They’re not quite polished yet as I haven’t hired an editor for this project. He or she will get it when the completed draft of the book is finished. Until then, you can help. How? If you catch a typographical error, let me know in the comments. Thanks!

 

Introduction

Designed For The Caregiver

Hope for the Caregiver is a book designed specifically for the caregiver of the chronically ill. For the caregiver to keep caring for others long-term, they need to take care of themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

The focus of this book is to help the caregiver to replenish themselves spiritually. It will assist them in avoiding burn out and running on empty.

Who Is a Caregiver?

I define a caregiver as a man or woman providing direct care for a person chronically ill. The person with the long-term health problem may be an infant, child, teenager, young or middle-aged adult as well as the elderly. It may be the caregiver’s child, spouse, parent or friend. The caregiver may be an unpaid family member though sometimes they are a paid professional or sitter.

What Is a Chronic Illness?

A chronic illness is one lasting three months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear. Examples of a chronic condition where a patient may require care include persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson disease. 

The disease or a related disorder can be a physical, emotional and financial drain on the family caregiver. The illness may or may not be terminal.

A Book Designed For You

When you learn your loved one has a chronic illness, your hopes and dreams may be erased and replaced by feelings of hopelessness. You may feel overwhelmed or even afraid as you look ahead at the day-to-day struggles of caregiving. 

Hope for the Caregiver offers Biblical guidance and support for helping persons connect with the perfect love which casts out all fear, the love of Jesus Christ.

Using a devotion format, each chapter contains a verse of Scripture from the Holy Bible, an explanation of the verse, application of the verse to daily living, a prayer using the verse, and three directed questions for journaling.


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