Hospice nurse and social worker, Katie Ortlip, came to her writing partner’s, Jahnna Beecham, aid when her father was dying. The two wrote the book "Living with Dying: A Complete Guide for Caregivers" as an instruction guide to understanding the dying process as a caregiver. Read an excerpt of Jahnna’s story below to dive into a firsthand account on the struggles and realizations about personal caregiving.
Poof! You're a Caregiver.
When I was suddenly thrust into the job of caregiver for my 90-year-old father whose long dormant prostate cancer had metastasized to his bones, I wanted to run. I’d already spent the previous eight years visiting my parents four or five times a week, going with them to every doctor’s appointment, including them in family dinners, outings, and celebrations, and sitting diligently by their sides when they were each in the hospital. Wasn’t it my brother’s turn?