How This Book Came to Be
by Taffy Cannon

In 2008, my younger brother became permanently disabled. He lived alone, 1800 miles away, and he wanted to keep it that way. As his medical and other related problems escalated, my sister and I tried to keep one step ahead of them, long distance and often with incomplete information. We found ourselves making it up as we went along.

This wasn’t supposed to be happening. My brother was only fifty-one, and while he had a history of significant related medical problems, he was also self-sufficient, employed, and highly independent. The geography was daunting. He was in Chicago, my sister was in Seattle, and I was in San Diego. Nothing was easy or convenient.

I looked for a book to tell me what to do and how to cope with all the whack-a-mole issues of those first chaotic months. I couldn’t find one. I was too frazzled to do the kind of online research I needed, even though I am by nature a research junkie. Also I didn’t have a clue where to start in most cases.

The materials here are drawn from SibCare: The Trip You Never Planned to Take. This book grew out of my family’s experiences, seasoned with large amounts of research. The goal is to offer suggestions for navigating the sometimes rocky shoals of sibling care, and to point you in the right direction to find out more about the things you need or want to know.

I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV. While much of this material is based on research, opinions are mine alone and yours may differ. None of this material is intended to be a substitute for appropriate medical care and counsel. If you or a relative need medical attention, get medical attention. And if it’s an emergency, you shouldn’t be reading this at all. You should be calling 911.

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Taffy Cannon is the award-winning author of fourteen novels, mostly mysteries. She runs a Friends of the Library Bookstore and lives with her husband in Southern California, where she was named Citizen of the Year for service to her local library.