The Caregiver

The Greatest Achievement of my Career and in Life

Non-Fiction - Memoir
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Reviewed on 02/15/2023
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Author Biography

Troy Donahue Jackson the author/bio, Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Troy work in corporate America as marketing development analyst. Passion about life and everything he peruse in life. Troy is a giver from his heart and always put other before him. He will give you the shirt off his back and feed the community and help everybody he meets. He is his mother only child and is her caregiver. His mother gave him the gift of life and Troy is giving her the gift of life back now. Being a caregiver is the biggest achievement in his career and in life. This is his purpose in life and enjoy what he's doing. Troy loves to make everyone smile and happy.
This book is a reflection of Troy giving love to his mother. Giving her flowers while she can still smell them.
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Troy Donahue Jackson knows what is important in life. In his memoir The Caregiver: The Greatest Achievement of My Career and in Life, he shares what it means to be a caregiver. He became his mother’s carer when the doctors were ready to give up on her. By caring for his mother, Troy extended her life. Being a caregiver is full of responsibility and daily challenges. I agree with Troy that the best medicine that anyone can have is love. Troy cared for his mother with love and appreciation. He survived the constant stress of caregiving through love and his faith in God. Without hope, people give up and die. Love is the key to giving hope and sustaining life.

Troy Donahue Jackson understands that caregivers must first love themselves before they can love the one they care for. In The Caregiver, the reader learns that dedicating oneself to caring for a loved one reveals who cares about you. Troy’s faith was central to his wish to be his mother’s caregiver. This desire was prompted by his love for her. Faith teaches that showing love for others is a reflection of God’s love for man. This is seen in one’s unselfish love for others and Troy believes that caring for his mother is his way of showing God’s love for humanity. This volume was written to encourage all caregivers and will boost the spirits of those who give and keep giving. Read this book and discover what it takes to make sacrifices for those you love.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Caregiver is a memoir by Troy Donahue Jackson. Written to empower and pay tribute to caregivers all over the world, it’s a chronicle of the author’s life in his role as a caregiver to his mother, Gloria Jackson. The story began in March 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when he gave up his job as a marketing analyst to take care of his mother. The book goes on to discuss the sacrifice and financial burden of being a caregiver. The year 2020 was also a year when the hurricane season was particularly powerful. With the power grid knocked out for two weeks, he was suitably prepared with a backup generator, food, water, and a stock of medicine. The upkeep of a loved one and food preparation are also discussed here in great detail.

Troy Donahue Jackson’s The Caregiver is a must-read for all adults. At one time or another, any of us may be faced with having to take care of our parents in their sunset years. Here’s a book that teaches how it takes selflessness, compassion, and love to be a caregiver. It’s an easy and heartwarming read and the author has to be commended for sacrificing his career to take care of his mother. This is in stark contrast to children who put their parents in nursing homes and are not willing to take care of them at home. Taking care of our elderly is not an easy job but it can be done. This is a book that should inspire readers to give their ailing parents the best care in the world by taking care of them at home with a healthy dose of love.

Grace Ruhara

In those grim moments when we are bedridden and helpless, we need a caregiver to show us love, compassion, and selflessness, but how many people are up to such responsibilities? The Caregiver by Troy Donahue Jackson aims to acknowledge the role of caregivers and inform readers about their responsibilities and daily challenges. The book also suggests ways of dealing with the demands of caregiving, vividly portraying the pressures associated with it for any prospective carer. The author gave up his corporate career as a market analyst to care for his mother, Gloria Jackson. He was always by her side to administer her medicine and stay close in case she was uncomfortable or in need of something. He also has to take care of the utility bills despite not having any income.

What I loved about The Caregiver by Troy Donahue Jackson was the lesson I learned from his selflessness and love for his mother. She was always happy that her son stood by her without tiring and always loved her, which helped her heal. Through this example, I have learned to always care for any loved one who needs my help since it's the right thing to do. If the roles were reversed, I would also want someone to care for and love me unconditionally. I recommend this book to readers interested in learning about caregiving. They will discover that it is not simply about their physical presence or the financial obligations facing the patient but also involves emotional responsibility and empathy for them.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

The Caregiver by Troy Donahue Jackson reminds us that parents give us so much, including being our caregivers when we’re young. When we grow up and start our lives away from home, our parents continue to age and sometimes weaken. If their health fails, they may need extra care. Do we commit them to a seniors' home, a nursing home, or a hospice, or do we put out own lives on hold and care for our parents as they once did for us? Troy was faced with this dilemma when his mother became ill and required 24-hour care. He was a successful businessman, but his mother needed him more than he needed his career. She had given to him and now he was giving to her. It wasn’t easy, but it was a task full of love and compassion for the woman who gave him so much.

Troy Donahue Jackson’s memoir The Caregiver is a heartfelt, compassionate, and true story of one man’s commitment to caring for his mother. It began at the start of the pandemic when medical professionals and facilities were taxed to the limit. His mother needed constant care and attention and the option presented was a hospice. People were dying at an alarming rate in these extended care facilities and Troy knew his mother would not last long in one. He was determined to keep her at home, to care for her himself, with the same love she had taught him and shared with him. The story follows this difficult journey with a powerful message to do the right thing by providing loving care for another person. It’s an inspirational story and readers will be brought to tears as they follow Troy’s commitment and dedication to his mother.

Pikasho Deka

Being a caregiver is one of the hardest yet most rewarding experiences in life. Nothing shows love like caring for a loved one in their time of need. Troy Donahue Jackson gives up his corporate career as a marketing analyst to become a full-time caregiver for his mother, Gloria Jackson. In The Caregiver, he shares his experiences alongside the challenges he faces. He has been taking care of his mother since twelfth grade when his father passed away. She suffers from heart failure, respiratory failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), poor circulation, high blood pressure, diabetes, lymphedema, and neuropathy with mobility issues. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic complicated matters further, as did Hurricane Ida when Troy and his mother had to manage without electricity for two weeks.

The Caregiver is the heartfelt true story of a man's love for his mother and how they overcome the enormous odds life throws their way. Troy Donahue Jackson gives an unflinching account of the struggles he has to navigate while taking care of his mother. This is a book about love, compassion, and kindness toward one's loved ones. Jackson's writing is clear, concise, and, above all, accessible. Anyone who has ever had to be a caregiver should read this book. Jackson's story makes you feel for those who have to rely on strangers to take care of them as they age. I found the book to be an illuminating read and I can't recommend it highly enough.