"Reading it was like riding the emotional roller coaster. I wasn't quite prepared to respond that way. I cried, smiled and even laughed out loud on different pages." - Patti S.
"The writing and illustrations are beautiful. Michael Fortuna has done a marvelous job of capturing all the emotions that go along with caregiving." - Kathy G.
"It's a great little book. I wish it didn't apply to me!" - Liz H.
"I really liked it. I also liked that he made it clear that families, friends, etc. are also perfect recipients of his book -- because they are." - Chris K.
"I love this book. It is so meaningful, honest, and engaging... It's just what people in the fray of it need for a little boost, laugh, encouragement and perspective." - Jackie H.
"It is an amazing and beautiful book, one that will surely inspire, validate and uplift all caregivers!" - Pat B.
"I am so very excited about this book. It will bring incredible joy and comfort to many caregivers like myself." - Allison F.
"This is a special book, and it's very clear that the author knows what it means to be a caregiver." - Gail L.
"As soon as I read it, I thought of at least a dozen caregiving friends whom I want to buy it for. It's the perfect gift for caregivers!" - Sandy J.
To Be A Person - Inspirational Livestyle
Miranda A. Uyeh, Editor
Caregiver Defined is funny, quirky, sensitive and sensible. The poetic and rhythmic flow of the words display the true hallmarks of caregivers that remain unknown by most people who haven’t shared the experience. It dishes out much wisdom and encouragement in creative and concise forms that not only inspire, but heal the sensitive reader in many ways. This book isn’t just for caregivers, but for anyone who longs to know how to love and give of themselves to the people in their lives in a way that builds them and their people up; it reminds the reader of what is most significant in life: love in its purest form performed selflessly, and not for any conceited gain—toward God and people. This book doesn’t just encourage and uplift caregivers, it inclines the reader to consider serving others more devotedly.
Interestingly, it doesn’t persuade by admonitions, instructions, or step-by- step procedures, but by enthusiastic words of encouragement softly and lovingly parceled out from a place of understanding and respect.
Caregiver Defined aims to squash the guilt that caregivers tend to feel because they worry that they never do enough, aren’t patient enough, or aren’t compassionate enough. It also testifies of how the good that caregivers do change the world around them even when they don’t notice that it does—by planting a seed of love and kindness in the hearts of observers and onlookers, so that it is clear that days/hours spent taking care of another are truly not wasted and meaningless after all.
Laura Dixon, Editorial Manager
“Chocolate” and “courage” are just a couple of the key words that author Michael Fortuna believes defines the life of a caregiver. His book, “Caregiver Defined: Words That Honor the Work of the Caregiver” takes a unique and heartfelt approach to honoring the work of family caregivers, painting a picture of the role with an inspirational collection of key words and images.
The author draws from his own personal experience to present descriptions of the journey of caring for another person, accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Peg Lee. The combination makes for an inspirational tribute to the often thankless work caregivers do each day.