This is a compelling account of the changes and challenges that a couple had to face after a stroke in May 2000. It is a well- researched, scholarly, yet moving account.
Professor Sir Charles George, former Chairman of the Stroke Association UK
There have been other volumes on the caring journey of life with a brain-damaged or demented family member. This is a fine one, but it is much more. The reflections of a trained and intelligent mind on the meaning of caring and of life seen through the lens of “extreme caring” are relevant to us all.
The book meets the critical question following a reading. Do I wish to press it on my friends? A resounding “Yes”.
Professor Sir Robert Boyd, formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of London
This book is scholarly yet tender and personal, fiercely honest and immensely confronting. It records the impact of stroke and dementia and ‘extreme care’ on life and personality and relationship. It is full of insightful comment and information that could enable readers and carers in similar circumstances to negotiate challenges with deeper understanding or to assist others to do so.
I found it to be a poignant, costly and compelling account that has gathered up two particular lives in a search for new meaning in a context of profound loss. It stands as a testimony to their commitment, for all those who loved them and for any who may be on a similar journey.
Margaret Fuller, Social Worker, former Clinical Services Manager Anglicare Counselling, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
“Extreme Caring” is an honest, sensitive and beautifully expressed account of the experience of long term caring for a loved one. This book will not only resonate with carers, but enlighten those around them in the practical and emotional issues they face, and then delve deeper still by exploring value and meaning in life, caring and relationships.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to carers searching to make sense of losses and fully appreciate the value and significance of the things that remain.
Karen Cotton, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton, Hampshire UK