Author shares experience as family caregiver
by Sherrie Norris
Local author and
caregiver Jeff Block, writer of "Nine Years After," which Reece earlier described as "an accurate
portrayal of the everyday of the life of a caregiver," presented a reading from his book during
last year's auction and again at a caregiver's appreciation luncheon.
Block, who knows well all that's involved in the role of caregiver, encourages the community to support the organization.
"I am the husband of a brain-cancer survivor," Block said. "My wife's inability to maintain her balance and to control her impulsive actions has forced me to leave work and care for her on a 24/7 basis. I love my wife and the sacrifice of my needs and desires for her well-being seems to me to be the quintessential demonstration of our marriage vows in action."
Despite his best intentions, however, Block said the overwhelming stress of caring for a brain-cancer patient sometimes has worn his own personality "to a frazzle."
Normally friendly and outgoing, Block said, he has become "frustrated, angry and sullen."
"I realize, completely, that nothing can change the circumstance of our life," he said. "But, I have come to realize that every moment away from the pressure of slowly observing my wife deteriorate allows me to tackle my next chore with a renewed spirit of gentleness and kindness."
Block said that he has learned that caregiving, like any other job, requires the worker to take occasional rest breaks in order to work more efficiently.
"I salute all those who support families in need and the High Country Caregivers Foundation provides support to those who need it."