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Helping Yourself Help Others by Susan Golant, Rosalynn Carter

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Caregiving in Plains and Beyond

CAREGIVING HAS BEEN A FAMILIAR PART OF MY LIFE SINCE I was twelve years old. In the spring of 1940 my father became ill. He and my mother had gone on a fishing trip to the Okefenokee Swamp, but they had to come home early because he wasn’t feeling well. Once at home, Daddy seemed to be tired and to lie around the house a lot. This was strange to me, as he had always been so strong and active. He used to turn cartwheels and do handstands in the front yard for our entertainment. And he drove the school bus, had a garage for automobiles in Plains, and ran the family farm.

My parents told me not to worry about him, though, and that summer they sent me off to camp for a couple of weeks—my first time away from Plains. ...

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