Claudia Rouleau launched the book “Growing up as a caregiver – Are you prepared to accompany a loved one? “, last Thursday, May 5.
In this 12-chapter biographical account, the woman from Thetford Mines offers concrete tools, including 12 keys to help people who assume the role of caregiver.
In an interview with the Courrier Frontenac, she mentioned that it was the support of her mother Nicole during the last 30 months of her life that inspired her to write this book. “She had a degenerative disease that lasted 30 years. My dad was the main caregiver for all these years. For my part, I am more involved towards the end of her life where I decided to devote all my Tuesdays to her to fulfill her wish list and so that she can leave with her soul in peace. »
During one of these days, her mother gave her Chantal Lacroix’s “Merci la vie” journal of writing and quotations. “She dedicated it to me, telling me that she had confidence in me and that she knew that I would use it to carry out beautiful projects. It was from there that I began to write down our moments spent together during each visit, the lessons that I drew from them, my learnings and the organizations that I discovered. I did this for several months, then last year it clicked and thought it might be good to make it a reference guide for caregivers. »
Ms. Rouleau added that the inspiration came one morning and her book was written in the space of four days. She then took three training courses to perfect her writing. For her, this process has been liberating. “I share a story that is personal, but with the conviction that other people will recognize themselves. Being a caregiver is psychologically difficult. Often people are isolated and helpless. Seeing that there are others who are going through this kind of situation brings some comfort. I wanted to do something useful for other families. »
The author hopes that people who get this reference tool will be able to take something away and take action. Note that profits from the sale of the book will be donated to organizations working in this area, including the Albatross Movement. It is notably possible to obtain it at the Librairie Lécuyer in Thetford Mines.