In Snap Out of It: An Unexpected Caregivers Way to Self-Care, Stability, and Survival, author Ellen Teitelman Wohl shares her honest, emotional — sometimes funny — memoir of the continuing struggle to keep life whole while her husband Jack’s health falls apart, over and over again: bipolar disorder, coronary artery disease, lung cancer, diabetes, and normal pressure hydrocephalus, among other medical conditions.
While Jack has a remarkable team of doctors treating him, Ellen only has herself to rely on. As the unexpected caregiver, she deals with anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion day after day. She thinks something is wrong with her, but she eventually learns that caregiver burnout is real. Her inner-strength and resilience emerge through the personal discovery of “snap out of it” relief routines, self-care concepts, and ideas. The “snaps,” interspersed throughout the narrative, share light-hearted stories, personal experiences, and techniques that form the basis of her mental getaways that include cooking, gardening, reading, exercising, laughing, and more.
Ellen finally discovers support groups and guidance, which she shares in this memoir. Her curated resource guide leads you to websites, apps, and support groups dedicated to caregivers.