Day 6 – 30 Day Book Challenge – A book that makes you cry

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 6

 A Book that makes you cry

My father has been suffering from Parkinsonism for the last few years it is the nasty cousin of Parkinsons disease.

It’s very hard for all of us to see this disease taking over his body and to see how much pain he is in. I can only begin to imagine what he is feeling like not only emotionally but physically, the pain he is dealing with on a daily basis. And to know each day his body is very slowly and painfully losing its fight.

As a family member not being able to comfort him is one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with.  He is in a wonderful Long Term Care Facility which happens to be where my daughter works and they treat him like family and give him the care and dignity that he deserves. They often go beyond “the call of duty” with him and for that I will always be grateful!

Lately have not been visiting as much as I should due to the demands of my daily life but also I just find it harder and harder to see him….very selfish I know…this book really does help though and I think I should probably pick it up again and be there for him!!

We all love Dad and want to make sure he is as comfortable and as happy as he can be and to help support him as a family and individuals.

My mum the wonderful lady that she is has compiled all sorts of information and reading material for us to help make it easier to understand and she bought me a book called Life on Hold by Laurel S. Brunvoll & David G. Seiler they are a father and daughter who lost their wife and mother to a long battle with cancer.  It’s like a personal journal with many excerpts written by her mother/his wife.

Below is a brief description of the book taken from Amazon books

Beyond sending a “get-well card,” many people know little about supporting someone through a serious illness — let alone passing through one themselves.
Life on Hold answers the need of many people who face — or may soon be faced with — a health crisis of longer duration. Written by a father and daughter who lost their wife and mother to an extended battle with cancer, this sensitive
personal journal is dotted with illustrations from real-life survivors. Each chapter offers tools for dealing with the challenges of physical illness. A
practical, spiritual handbook, it shows sufferers, ministers, lay workers,family, and friends how to trust God during a season of recovery or release. Scripture and counsel on getting through the first several weeks are among this book’s most rare and precious gifts.

I highly, highly recommend this book for anyone going through any serious illness with a family member even if you’re not entirely religious…

4 thoughts on “Day 6 – 30 Day Book Challenge – A book that makes you cry

  1. I’m so sorry you’re going through all this! Your family is in my thoughts.

    I’ll also keep this book in the back of my head in case I ever need to refer it to someone… or if I need it. Maybe I’ll just read it anyway.

    I tend to stay away from books like this. I like fiction, usually thriller/mystery novels. My favorite book, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, never fails to make me cry. I’ve read it a billion times, but it still gets to me. I’m tearing up right now thinking about it, haha. Such a great book!

    • Thank you. One day at a time. The book really is good, gives you a different way of looking at things and somehow gives you strength for yourself and family.
      Thanks again

  2. Angie, I’m really sorry to hear about your dad. I know how difficult it is to see someone you love deteriorate, as I witnessed with my mom (though her deterioration was physical, not mental). I’m glad he is being well taken care of, and what a gift that your daughter works there. But I also totally understand how it can be hard to visit. I’m glad the book has helped you cope. I may take a look at it for myself.

    • Thanks Dina, I’m going to stop being so selfish and go and visit with him over the weekend, life is too short to be doing what I’ve been doing and it’s not fair to him!! It is so hard to witness an illness of any kind, and it is a blessing that Stacey is there, along with her amazing co-workers. Thankyou so much for your comments.

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