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Helping Yourself Help Others by Susan Golant, Rosalynn Carter

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11

Finding Fulfillment

THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK I HAVE DESCRIBED THE MANY difficulties that family caregivers face: their fears, frustrations, and dilemmas. This is only natural. Guides such as this one deal mostly with problems and their solutions. But I don’t want to leave you with the impression that caregiving is an onerous task with few rewards, for that certainly would be untrue.

Many participants in our CARE-NET study said that despite its difficulty, caregiving also fostered pleasure, love, personal growth, family closeness, and fulfillment. Some individuals were even able to reach beyond themselves and their own situations to help others in need. I find their stories inspiring and hope that you will draw strength and nourishment from them ...

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