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Your Mother Has Suffered a Slight Stroke
by Kathy Bosworth   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1588512886 Type: 


Copyright:  Jun 30 2001

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This is a personal story of the things I learned after my mother suffered a stroke. There were very few books available to help me, so I learned the hard way. I decided to share my story with others that may be in the same situation.

My mother suffered a stroke during a routine medical test. They thought it was a slight stroke, they were wrong; it was massive. I became frustrated in my search for answers about her prognosis. All of the books I found were medical books and too hard to understand. Slowly, my knowledge about patient's rights, living wills, and what to do when a patient's medical insurance and money run out, began to grow.
I began to keep a journal of the things that I learned. The journal turned into a book written for other baby boomers, like myself. As this large segment of the population ages, they face the difficult task of caring for their elderly parents. Long-term healthcare has an exorbitant price tag, both financially and emotionally.
This is also the personal story of my brother and I. We found that the more our mother needed us, the more we needed each other.
No matter how good your medical insurance is, it will only pay for 100 consecutive days in a nursing home; then you are on your own. The average cost per month in a nursing home is between $6,000-$9,000!

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Reviewed by Nancy Mehl,
Life can change in the time it takes to answer the telephone. A call from the hospital, where her mother, Lucille, had gone for a routine test, altered Kathy Bosworth's life forever. "This is the radiologist from the hospital. Your mother was having an angiogram done this morning and she may have suffered a slight stroke during the procedure. She began to have some slurred speech. The doctor would like to speak to you as soon as you get here." A few simple words, spoken calmly over the phone, signaled the beginning of a journey that would thrust Kathy and her family into a world of doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, financial concerns, and a process that no one is prepared for - watching the slow disintegration of a beloved family member. How do you decide what your mother wants when the person who has her face doesn't seem to be the person you know? Kathy and her family struggle with this question as well as others with courage and love. Anyone who is facing the prospect of making decisions for a family member who is ill or frail should read this book. Some of the information shared is vital - not only on an emotional level, but a financial one as well. Many people make mistakes when choosing nursing home care. Bosworth shares things that readers can use to assist them in finding the best care available for their loved one. She also stresses the importance of making your personal wishes known to your family before they are thrown into a whirlwind of confusion should you suffer an unexpected medical emergency. Bosworth never succumbs to self-pity, yet she shares her heart and her pain in a way that makes the reader part of the journey. I was struck with her compassion and her honesty. After reading YOUR MOTHER HAS SUFFERED A SLIGHT STROKE, you will feel as if you have gained more than the sharing of a painful experience - you will feel as if you have made a new friend. This book is a treasure. Highly recommended

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Reader Reviews for "Your Mother Has Suffered a Slight Stroke"

Reviewed by Renae Jones 7/14/2003
Kathy, having been in a similar situation myself, I know that many caregivers hunger for the information that you share in your book. After reading your introduction and excerpt, I can tell that is a story that will touch the heart, as well as provide the reader with valuable information. Great job! I will definately be reading it!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/1/2003
enjoyed the excerpt
Reviewed by Stephanie Sawyer, author 12/28/2002
Bearing through the storm of unexpected ailment and deterioration in a loved one is never a sought-out experience. Kathy Boswell guides and prepares the reader for such a journey through clarity and honesty. Tackling the throes of hushed medical propoganda, retirement home adjustments, and neurological damage, she leads and enlightens through persistence born by love. We would be wise to share in her journey for our onw family experiences which are certain to arise.
Stephanie S. Sawyer, author: "Facing Me"
Reviewed by Stephanie S. Sawyer, author: Facing Me 12/28/2002
Reviewed by Teresa Harrison 11/14/2002
Having been through something similar when my first husband died, I could feel the emotions through this so well. Wonderful job presenting a very life issue and its impact on the family.
Reviewed by Sherry Russell BCBT BCETS 8/7/2002
A dynamic look into a very serious subject. Being a Grief Management Specialist,
I believe this book delivers key information necessary for everyone.
Reviewed by William Overby 7/25/2002
What a fascinating first chapter!
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review 5/26/2002
by L.A. Johnson for Midwest Book Review:

This is a stunning book. It should be required reading for every medical professional. Doctors, nurses, and therapists should have to read it twice, once in their first year of study and again before they graduate. I'm serious.

And that is not to say that only medical professionals will benefit from reading this well-written book. Kathleen Bosworth tells her touching story from the lay person's point of view. From that first heart gripping moment when she gets the bad news about her mother's stroke by phone, to the last page, this author's personality shines through. Her outrage, quiet humor, and sense of decency make this book stand out in ways it never might have if a lesser writer had created it.

Ms. Bosworth's mother had a stroke. That much can be gleaned from the title. From there the author takes each reader through a maze of doctors, nurses and therapists who are less than helpful. Some are downright rude, or maybe ignorant. Her search for answers, and for professionals who have hearts as well as brains, is detailed honestly. With the support of a loving, close knit family, she struggles to find a constructive way of managing her mother's care. Kathleen Bosworth educates herself about treatment plans, possible outcomes, patients rights, living wills, and insurance coverage. With courage and determination, she and her brother fight the system to get their mother the loving care she needs and deserves.

I recommend this book to everyone and repeat again: This is a stunning story.
Reviewed by Joe McCarthy 5/19/2002
I'm sorry about your mother's stroke. I hope this doesn't sound morbid, but your book sounds interesting.
Reviewed by Diane Compagno 5/15/2002
Working as a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association I can relate to your book and the issues involved with elder health care. Thank you for sharing your story with others. I think it is so important that we let other caregivers know they are not alone and that there is help out there.
Reviewed by 4/21/2002
Think I had a very slight one of these this past week. It scares family members into cruelty making it easier for all to transit the letting go of one another in this plane of life. There is no loss...only gain in life. But, none are so blind as those who will not to see. I would buy over and over as one all families should read.
Reviewed by Freda Ward 1/17/2002
Only one who has been there could write a book in this depth and detail. The emotional pain is evident--as is the triumph. It's a great reference book to read in advance--and during--a crisis.

Freda Ward, author of
Serving Gravy with a Slotted Spoon
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 12/8/2001
A wonderfully written book dealing with a tough reality we sometimes have to force ourselves to deal with in life. Triumpth over tragedy. A splendid job putting it all together on a tough situation.
Victoria Taylor Murray
'Thief Of Hearts'
Reviewed by Barbara Spring 12/6/2001
Kathy Bosworth has a clear and vivid style of writing that moves the reader through a series of nightmarish events. Making decisions about a loved one, Kathy's mother, are not easy as the outcome of these procedures do not go as expected. This is a must read for anyone with aging parents.
Reviewed by Thadine Quick 12/4/2001
"YOUR MOTHER SUFFERED A SLIGHT STROKE" takes you on a deep journey of emotions so overwhelmingly true, that you’d wish somebody had told you about the book sooner... Having a grandfather whom ultimately succumbed to pressure of his stroke, I found this book hit close to home and was very dear to my heart... I've never read such a detailed book on this issue and to read it from such a personal view and easy read format, made it all the more compelling and therapeutic for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will refer it to lots of my friends. A true classic!
Reviewed by Miranda Prather 11/30/2001
A well planned and excuted tale of personal tragedy and triumph. Of course, it is a an important read for anyone facing a similar situation, but also, the human emotion will connect with anyone who reads it.
Reviewed by Ellen Dupont 11/23/2001
Absolutely a must read book. We should be more prepared for the golden years but yet most of us say, we will do that tomorrow.
Reviewed by Evelyn Horan 11/17/2001
I agree with your reviewers! A much needed book. Personal experience with my mom was close to yours. Very helpful information.
Reviewed by Gloria Marlow 11/9/2001
I can't help but think that this book is going to help so many people. When something like this happens the last thing any of the family needs is a bunch of medical jargon. Instead, they need to know someone understands and has been here before us. Kathy Bosworth is the voice of that someone! Thank you, Kathy!
Reviewed by Christy French 11/7/2001
Excellent idea and a book that is very much needed. I work in the medical field and will recommend it, Kathy. I think you're going to find this book to be very well received.
Reviewed by Paul Morin 10/30/2001
Most certainly a book that needed to be written. Your courage is to be commended Kathy. I'm sure that this work of non-fiction will help many people.
Reviewed by mark dirschel 10/27/2001
please allow me to make a suggestion - if the rest of your book is as potent and honest as this first chapter, consult your local hospital about potential for distribution to patients and families who have had the misfortune of a stroke affect their lives. difficult topics are, not surprisingly, difficult to discuss and the information pertaining to them is often limited and contrived. a candid portrayal such as what you've presented here is priceless. my feelings are with you for the shock and sadness you've no doubt fought to work through.

- mark dirschel
Reviewed by mark dirschel 10/27/2001
please allow me to make a suggestion - if the rest of your book is as potent and honest as this first chapter, consult your local hospital about potential for distribution to patients and families who have had the misfortune of a stroke affect their lives. difficult topics are, not surprisingly, difficult to discuss and the information pertaining to them is often limited and contrived. a candid portrayal such as what you've presented here is priceless.

- mark dirschel
Reviewed by Jane Riley 10/27/2001
The first chapter of Kathy's book is powerfully written. I identify with the experience she is sharing. Cathy does not stop at telling the story. She involves the reader in experiencing it.
Reviewed by Santiago Stella 10/23/2001
Sounds like an outstanding informative book.
I also started with a bunch of notes from a trying learning experience and ended up with a book.


Santiago V. Stella
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Reviewed by Jane Riley 10/20/2001
Kathy, your book will serve an important purpose and should fill a gap in the literature on a subject that needs to be discussed in print. You have a sincere face with intense eyes and a sweet smile. I think your appearance is important because you look like someone who knows what she is saying. Your photograph will help promote your book.
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 10/16/2001
What a much needed book. It sounds like the writing was such a labor of love. My father-in-law suffered a mini stroke after surgery recently and is fine now but it was scary, especially for my mother-in-law. This seems to happen so frequently. I read that actress Sharon Stone suffered a stroke. Good job tackling a tough topic. And like you said, it is not written about so you should have a great market out there. Good luck. I love the pink cover.

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