Notes from a Caregiver
Inspired by the doctor and poet, William Carlos Williams, who wrote poetry on his prescription pad when on house calls, the poems in Notes from a Caregiver originated in waiting rooms and doctors' offices when Meg Lindsay's husband collapsed with multiple myeloma, a cancer causing bone fractures. Lindsay writes of her personal journey as a caregiver, not clich s and 'feel good' sayings, which can be isolating and make one feel inadequate. Instead, she uses poetry to reveal authentic emotions, often odd and unpredictable, ranging from compassion to despair to anger and even to humor.
"Notes from a Caregiver is a 'must read' for anyone, caregiver, patient, family member, or friend, who finds herself or himself in the chaos of a critical illness. I wish I had had it to accompany me when I was the primary caregiver for my husband in similar circumstances. In addition, as a psychotherapist in private practice, I see Meg Lindsay's book of poems as a guide for medical professionals, psychotherapists, and technicians, who treat people suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and their families. We can all become more educated to the sensitivities, and vulnerabilities, of the psychic shock that comes with this territory."
--Bonnie L. Damron, PhD, LCSW, Archetypal Pattern Analyst
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