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confessions of an imperfect caregiver book coverConfessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, a moving true story of the seven years Bobbi Carducci spent taking care of her father-in-law Rodger, is a testament to love, compassion, grace and courage in the face of often inconceivable challenges.

At the time Ms. Carducci and her husband took Rodger into their home, they were not aware of his medical history, which included life-long schizophrenia.  He also suffered from other medical conditions, including dementia and Parkinson’s, which made Ms. Carducci’s day-to-day experience a kind of rollercoaster ride. In addition to caring for Rodger at home, she proves a valiant advocate for him when he is hospitalized, at times battling with medical professionals to get the care her father-in-law needs or simply to keep him alive.

The bond between Rodger and Ms. Carducci is clear, even though his language capacity is limited.  At one point, Rodger says to Carducci, “You’re my best friend.”

Her tale is nothing short of heroic–invaluable for fellow caregivers. None of us is handed a how-to manual on taking care of an ailing relative—we must make it up as we go along, while doing research and advocating for our loved one. “Confessions” is especially relevant at present when an estimated 60 million families are caring for an aging or disabled person at home, and the majority of caregivers are women.  It is a must-read for anyone who has a family or has loved another person.  A story for us all.

By Erica Herd, Writer, Performer, Co-Author of the solo play, Alzheimer’s Blues

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