By Kristin McGuiness
Fifty one dates. 50 weeks. That was once the social scan Kristen McGuiness—single, residing in l. a., and getting into her thirties newly sober—embarked upon. McGuiness proposal dealing with her fight with alcoholism will be the toughest half, with love coming simply afterwards. It didn’t. Rethinking her past courting approach, she embarks at the final social test: fifty one dates over the process 50 weeks, and an opportunity to say the existence she inspiration used to be alleged to be hers.
Dodging CHAs (Cheesy Hollywood Actors) and males with self-diagnosed RAD (Relationship nervousness Disorder), McGuiness is decided to discover the "perfect guy" via being the "perfect girl." yet McGuiness, like every people, has her personal concerns to cope with: a eager for the incorrect type of males, a penchant for swearing, and a tough courting together with her father in maximum-security felony. yet because the 12 months progresses, McGuiness starts to enhance a brand new desire for her future—the dates remodel into truth-seeking missions, and element her towards a existence with fulfilling paintings, a supportive family members and, with assistance from a neighborhood shaman, a comforting spirituality. instructed with wry humor, pathos, and a fascinating loss of self-pity, 51/50 is a relocating event.
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Norma summed it up well. "Death is the least of my worries. I always knew it would happen someday. " Of course, she is referring to her succession of physical losses. Your losses may be different. You may not have the energy or spirit to function well as a parent, spouse, or friend. You may not have the strength to work or pursue activities you once enjoyed. You may often want to be alone. Medications may make you very tired. You may be alone because family and friends begin to distance themselves, in part as a way to cope with their own loss.
Then, try it out a few times. If you don't find it supportive, move along and try something else. Some people are finding a great deal of support by joining in chat rooms or listservs on the Internet. If you do this, be careful — it is hard to know whether the information being given is honest or accurate. Is there anything good about caregiving? Yes. Many family caregivers say it is the toughest job they ever had, and the most rewarding. Dedicating yourself to an elderly relative or spouse certainly affirms your virtue and good character.
Some groups also have tollfree phone numbers. See Chapter 17. Contact a local hospital or hospice to locate support groups and special services that they might have for people who face simtlar challenges. Do some research — in the library, on the Internet, in getting second opinions. '' Call on family and friends — don't do it all alone. ADAPTED FROM ROSALYNN CARTER WITH SUSAN K, GOLANT,HELPINGYOURSELFHELP OTHERS, . symptom of an overwhelmed caregiver and a sign of a community that does not know how to care for one another.