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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver by Rachel Michelberg is a memoir that details an important period in her life. After a couple of broken engagements, she got married to David and had two children. Rachel had lost satisfaction in the marriage, but she persevered. A catastrophic plane crash involving her husband years later would disrupt what was left of her family. From seeing David through multiple surgeries to handling the children and holding onto her sanity, there was only so much a person could take. She had to decide concerning the care of her husband, and that put her at odds with his family. Would they ever understand what she had to deal with? How does she care for her husband in his present state, the kids, and balance other areas of her life with her mind intact?
Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver by Rachel Michelberg was an intense and emotional book. I couldn’t put it down until I turned the last page. Rachel was so brutally honest, putting down information without bias or pretense. She said her truth and owned it, regardless. It was a constant battlefield of the mind; a war between duty and self-preservation. I was plagued with a ton of thoughts revolving around wedding vows, compassion, more recognition for caregivers, choosing liberation, and more. Caregiving is not a walk in the park, especially when spouses are involved. The mental strain and new family dynamics could have a negative ripple effect, especially in a household of growing children. Hence, Rachel, a strong woman although flawed like all humans, focused on what mattered. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with the world.