One Man's Battle
One Man’s Battle, a memoir of caretaking, is a brutally honest telling of a unique story about a true warrior and veteran, the author’s father, best man, and best friend forever.
You’ll learn about the challenges of caregiving and assisted living, and the many struggles that will take place along the way.
Most importantly, gain knowledge of how to keep your strength and wit, and how to accept pain and suffering, while working within systems that are far from perfect.
Michael and his Mother Nina.
A Son's Bold Story of Caregiving to His Beloved Warrior Dad Wrestling Alzheimer's and Dementia
"Eyes open, always! Take deep breaths!"
These are some of the important truths author John Guarino learned about care giving in battling a dreaded disease—Alzheimer’s—head-on.
John’s father Michael was crushed after he had to place his mother, Nina, in a nursing home while she was battling Alzheimer’s disease. Michael was intelligent, strong, a hardworking family man married fifty-four years to his love.
Later, after Michael’s beloved wife passed, John moved his dad to an apartment in his town with the plan of becoming his caregiver, the one who could hold his hand through his journey into dementia.
One Man’s Battle, a memoir of care taking, is a brutally honest telling of a unique story about a true warrior and veteran, the author’s father, best man, and best friend forever. Learn about the challenges of caregiving and assisted living, and the many struggles that will happen along the way. Most importantly, gain knowledge of how to keep your strength and wit, and how to accept pain and suffering, while working within systems that are far from perfect.
John Guarino, a street-smart kid from Queens, New York, and a Boston College graduate, is a former institutional equity trader. John was fortunate to leave his job at The World Trade Center twice, once just before the 1993 garage bombing, and in May 2001 just prior to the 911 terrorist attacks. Several years ago, he moved his young family south for a better lifestyle and to support his parents. John’s father Michael was the best man at his wedding. Proudly, John gave back to Michael during his brutal fight with dementia.
This is a well written account of a man’s journey and mission to provide a comfortable, respectable, and loving environment during his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia. John Guarino recounts his love for his father and the struggles of finding quality individuals willing to put forth the effort to not only do their jobs, but to care for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. One Man’s Battle gave me more respect for the struggles one goes through to care for their loved ones in their time of need. Thank you John for this wonderful book.
Hi John. This is Chip from C.... Just wanted to let you know (in the midst of a very busy life) I've been reading your book. Words can't describe my thoughts It has moved me deeply. A very personal work. God bless you.
Hi John, I just finished reading your book this morning. I am in tears. I remember feeling your heartache back then. It was sad to read what happened after… I am sorry that the entire system failed your Dad. It was gut wrenching to know your whole story. I hope in the right here and now you have found peace. You were an extraordinary family and if more family members were like you a change would be made in how our family members are treated. I am glad I had the honor to know your Dad.
…I finished her Dad's book at 4:30 today and relived my experience taking care of your Popie. I did not have any of the nursing home problems because Popie was at home with me but I feel his pain on dealing with all his problems. His book should be very helpful to others going through this process.
Hi Johnny... I just read your book. It is so well written and your experience sounds all too familiar. I'm so glad your Dad was finally in the right place at the end. You're a great guy and you did the right thing for your father. Love you for helping me have that good cry I've needed.
This was one of those books that I couldn't wait to come back to to see what was going to happen next. Even though it was a true story and the subject matter was touching, emotional and at times sad I felt it was also entertaining. An especially good book for anyone who is going through or has gone through the emotional roller coaster of caring for an aging and ailing parent to maybe give you some ideas on how to deal with it as well as to let you know you are not alone in your struggles.
... I finished John’s book today and was so grateful for his story. So much of his journey has been mine and I had great comfort in someone else putting a voice to my feelings and fears. Can you please tell him I am a fan of his brave storytelling and that he helped and supported a care manager living out here who doesn’t know what she’s doing but still keeps trying to honor the 5th Commandment by trying to honor a person that is my parent.
Your generous gift of John’s book came at the perfect time for me.
I just now have engaged Senior Helpers to “babysit” my mom in addition to her being in skilled nursing as I had a feeling the staff is spread too thin. Although costly, for once in a long time, I’ve felt I have a solution to that care gap. The other part about dealing with a demented brain is still such uncharted territory for me. In the end, I sleep better knowing hired eyes are on her. Selfishly, it gives me some peace in building my own way in life- I’m still getting over the loss of my husband 3 years ago. We were married 36 years, he was 59 and my best friend. I thought that alone was enough for my plate but, oops, apparently not...
I started your book this morning and got about half way.
I cried and laughed out loud on the train.
I share some of your experiences as my Mom has Dementia. It is a cruel disease. Her condition deteriorated exponentially after my Dad passed almost 5 yrs ago. I have prayed for a long time for God take her to stop the suffering that my sisters have endured.
Your book is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Dear John Guarino,
It was great meeting you at your book signing. Your book interested me.
My brother and I cared for our parents.
It’s a hard subject to write about.
You wrote the book with courage and class.
Also it was educational for people going through the process of taking of a love one and getting help.
Love “Authors Note”, good opening.
The body of the book was good. Mentioning your Mom loved Hallmark, shopping, and your Dad’s fitness. Giving the book a human touch...
Being a caregiver is hard, emotionally, and physically. It’s hard to watch your parents digress.
Continue writing, your good at it.
Just wanted to touch base to let you know I started reading your book last night, it is such an easy read.
Thank you for sharing your vulnerability, strengths and devotion. I’m certain others will benefit greatly once they’ve read your story.
I read your really great book. Congratulations! This should bring council and comfort to a lot of family caregivers. Amazing to me, your Dad’s story is almost word-by-word identical to my Mom’s story, minus the burns. I never did understand exactly how he was burned? Your writing is concise and phrasing naturally literate. People surely can relate to this.
Most in health care don’t tell us what’s to come, although I believe they know. But you did. Thank you, John.
I wanted to let you know that I had been holding off on reading your book until I had a vacation with my family, so I would be able to sit and read your story in it's entirety without reading a few chapters here and there through the course of my business travel.
I am really glad I waited and had a chance to immerse myself in your story.
I really enjoyed reading your story and was also disturbed by "The Journey" you had with your Dad through this process.
You have a great writing style that made it very easy to engage with the challenges you were going through. Knowing you and your Dad allowed me to really feel a part of the story and I must admit I cried on a few occasions.
I'm pretty sure you know I also had to deal with losing both of my parents in a short period of time. This brought about a different type of trauma, but was nothing compared to the pain you expressed dealing with your father's illness those last few years.
I am glad he is at peace now and hope the scars of that experience are becoming a bit more of a faint memory.
Thanks for sharing your story....
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