Hold Me 'Til My River Jordan: The Caregiver, The Widow, and the Groomer
Are you a loving family member, nurse, doctor, home health care worker? Ever cared for an ill person? You are a caregiver! Ever felt unexplainably exhausted, scared for that person’s life while balancing gut-wrenching emotional turmoil? Join the Author of Hold Me ‘til my River Jordan as she bares her soul on a rollercoaster journey when their lives are thrown into chaos after returning from an idyllic vacation in Knysna, South Africa. Racheal’s family tries to make sense of their new life when her healthy, forty-year-old husband Dominic, and the father of their two young boys, aged 9 and 5; has a stroke and loses the use of his right side. Dominic fights to regain as much of his life back as he can and does so triumphantly. Racheal is thrown overnight into being a caregiver, a single mother, running Dom’s business, handling everything for the family including the finances Dom handled as she strives to hold down a high-pressure job.
She struggles with finding her footing in the role of a caregiver and all that comes with it, as well as the physical, emotional, and financial changes that threaten to break her at every bend. The true meaning of 1 Corinthians 13 is tested in this light and heavy, funny, and gripping story of downfall, fighting for survival and trying to manage some degree of normalcy in the middle of a storm. During the process, the family grows closer, stronger, and taps into a depth of strength they did not know they had.
They climb new heights, reach the deepest of lows, and discover the depths of love along the way until their family is struck by yet another tragedy.
Racheal has since gone on to be a speak across the country and is a philanthropist. She has founded the Ruth & Isaac project dedicated to caring for the caregivers. She is scheduled to release a supplement to her highly sought-after book specially designed for caregivers!
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