DAY BY DAY
A new set of essays by a caregiving journalist
By Elissa Yancey
An unvarnished collection of unhappy beginnings and painful endings, of love and laughs and learning to embrace the inevitability of the in-between.
ABOUT THE JOURNEY
I've spent my whole life telling other people's stories.
Now it's time to share stories of my own.
I am a child of the Greatest Generation, and these are my parents, Gladys and Jack Yancey, smiling on their wedding day in October 1941. I still love looking at them, fresh-faced and glamorous, the coolest couple at any party. I was the last of six kids, born in 1965, and I had just started raising my own children when my parents entered retirement years. That puts me squarely in what is known as "the Sandwich Generation." According to the Pew Research Center, we are adults "who have a living parent age 65 or older and are either raising a child under age 18 or supporting a grown child."
The stories that evolved into "Day By Day" offer glimpses into my journey as my Mom's caregiver while I raised two young sons. They are stories told from my perspective and my perspective only, with all the inherent bias that implies. They illuminate a family both lifted up and brought down by death, yes, but I've also tried to pass along a bit of what I learned along the hard way.
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