Imagine running a marathon that you didn’t intend to compete in, let alone train for. The finish line is nowhere in sight, and the stakes are your family’s safety and happiness...
Such is the situation of family caregivers, many of them women, who suddenly find themselves trying to simultaneously hold down a job, build a family, and care for elderly parents. Struggling to put on a good face to hide their stress, they compartmentalize their roles and push through their days - treading most carefully when navigating the multi-generational workplace.
Written with a spirit of perseverance and knowing “this too shall pass”, Run, Walk, Crawl: A Caregiver Caught Between Generations, describes Sarahbeth Persiani’s “marathon” - her deeply personal story about figuring out how to meet the daily demands of work and family while taking on increasing responsibility for her aging father. By turns funny, insightful, and poignant, this memoir chronicles her successes, her failures, and, ultimately, her goodbye to a hard-earned, respected professional persona on the way to miraculously finding her better self.
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Having a career and being a caregiver is hard
This memoir struck home for me. I completely understood Sarahbeth's point of view. We both are the youngest in the family, had young children while navigating caregiving for a elderly parent who over time developed dementia, and the decisions that come with it. Her description of the workplace and her need to put a career face on when entering the office is true for most working mothers. Her personal stories brought laughter and tears to my eyes. Sarahbeth is from Worcester, MA and her Central Mass accent is there. If you are from other parts of the U.S. you'll get the flavor of the region.