Ways You Can Help: Creative, Practical Suggestions for Family and Friends of Patient Care

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Drawing on her own personal experience, Margaret Cooke offers sensitive, sensible advice to anyone who feels awkward or uncomfortable near people in emotional or physical pain.
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Grand Central Publishing
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Oct 31, 2009
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128
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9780446568708
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English
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Medical / Caregiving
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The fifth book from bestselling author and specialist foster carer Casey Watson.

A recent census shows that there are at least 175,000 child carers in the UK, 13,000 of whom care for more than 50 hours a week. Many remain invisible to a system that would otherwise help them. Abigail is one of those children. This is her story.

Ten-year-old Abigail has never known her father. Her mother, Sarah, has multiple sclerosis, and Abigail has been her carer since she was a toddler – shopping, cooking, cleaning and attending to her personal needs. When Sarah is rushed to hospital, suddenly this comes to the attention of the social services, and Abigail has nowhere to go.

Though she doesn’t fit the usual profile of a child that specialist foster carers Casey and Mike Watson would take on, they are happy to step in and look after Abigail. It’s an emergency, after all – and all that’s needed is a loving temporary home, while social services look into how to support the family so that they can be reunited.

But it soon becomes clear that this isn’t going to happen. Sarah’s MS is now at a very advanced stage, and the doctors are certain that there will no longer be periods of remission. Abigail’s emotional state starts to spiral out of control as she struggles to let go of the burden of responsibilities she has carried for so long.

Sarah and Abigail insist that they do not need help, but with no other family to contact, social services are left with no choice but to find long-term care for Abigail, against their wishes. But Casey never gives up on a child in need, and she knows there must be another solution...

Includes a sample chapter of Sunday Times bestseller Trafficked.

Sunday Times bestselling author and foster carer Casey Watson’s inspiring memoirs Mummy’s Little Helper and Little Prisoners combined in a single volume with her deeply moving latest title Breaking the Silence, about two troubled little boys who both desperately need a loving home, and find comfort and friendship in the most unlikely of places.

Breaking the Silence is the true story of Jenson, a nine-year-old boy who has been left home alone while his mother goes on holiday, and Georgie, who has been living in a children’s home since he was a toddler and is autistic. Both boys are about to become members of the Watson family and test Casey to her limits. Are their differences unreconcilable?

When Casey takes in two innocent and frightened ‘unfosterable’ children who do not know what it means to be loved in Little Prisoners, she is shocked by the levels of neglect that the pair have been subjected to. Casey is desperate to help these poor, lost children, who have been taken away from their family because they were considered at risk, but before she can even start to understand the horrific things that have happened in the past, she has to teach them the most basic of behaviours.

Ten-year-old Abigail is Mummy’s Little Helper, a child left to cope alone since she was 3 with her mother who has progressive multiple sclerosis. She’s suddenly no longer invisible to the care system, and needs support, but the emotional strain of her total change in circumstances starts to show when she arrives at Casey’s home. She doesn’t know how to cope without huge burdening responsibility. Casey is determined to find solution for this brave girl.

“An inspiring, intimate memoir about faith, resilience and the tenacity of love.”—People

“In this emotional tale, a young couple see their lives changed in the blink of an eye—and learn to find love again.”—US Weekly

Five months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave—a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident—had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night.

When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison had lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come.

As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation of this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again.

This is a manifesto for living, an ultimately uplifting story about the transformative power of faith and resilience. It’s a tale of a man’s turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places.

Praise for Beauty in the Broken Places

“Bold and commendable . . . A strength of this memoir is [Allison Pataki’s] scrupulous honesty.”—USA Today

“A memoir about . . . determination and gratitude, and the value of putting one foot in front of another during a crisis.”—The Washington Post

“Heart-wrenching.”—Women’s Health

“Powerful and immersive . . . Pataki delivers an insightful look at how two people faced a life-altering test as a team ‘fighting to make the dreams of our future possible.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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