Tears In My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience by Nadine Roberts Cornish – Note from Jill – I LOVED THIS HEARTWARMING BOOK!
Tears in My Gumbo, The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience is a heartfelt manuscript that speaks personally and passionately to the 44 million caregivers caught up in the silver tsunami sweeping this country and for all of the people who care about the caregiver. The book inspires and supports caregivers as well as the family unit involved in the loved one’s care. Through a series of caregiver stories, the book illustrates the ingredients needed for caregivers to maintain resilience and create a soul nurturing gumbo of care.
Artfully written by caregiver coach and consultant, Nadine Roberts Cornish, CSA, the book shares her personal experience as a caregiver for her mother, which transformed her life as she becomes a care consultant, care manager, and caregiver coach. A native of New Orleans, Nadine shares her rich family heritage simmered in the traditions of gumbo preparation, steeped in love and community, seasoned with wisdom, humor and healing, much like a heaping bowl of Louisiana Seafood Gumbo.
This book inspires and supports caregivers as well as the family unit involved in the loved ones’care. Through a series of inspirational stories, the book illustrates the ingredients needed for caregivers to maintain resilience and create a soul nurturing gumbo of care. Each story teaches a different lesson, demonstrates varying degrees of know how and courage. The 5 steps of Conscious Caregiving are introduced and demonstrated throughout the book. Caregiving is a hodgepodge of feelings, emotions, highs and lows, good intentions and a flurry of activities that are best done in community. It has mysterious ingredients, a number of variables and spices that can slowly but eventually come together to create a symphony of goodness that feeds the soul. It is patience and gratitude that eventually brings you to the simmering point of soul contentment, which fills and nourishes you, bringing peace joy and eventually, understanding.
This book is ultimately about healing, the heart and the spirit of the caregiver. Through the understanding and acceptance of the role of Anam Cara, carer of the soul, the caregiver begins to understand the honor and joy of serving, supporting and caring for a loved one. The heart to heart, soul to soul connection that occurs when you say yes, to caring. The understanding that eventually evolves, sometimes long after the journey has ended.