About the book
Ellen Harris, an independent woman, a passionate artist and a devoted mother vowed never to be a burden to her children. Her youngest daughter, Mary Beth Harris, an independent, free spirit, was finally landing her dream job in Hollywood. It never occurred to her that she would become her mother’s caregiver. But when rheumatoid arthritis severely crippled Ellen’s hands and feet, mother and daughter came together and now, instead of ordering expensive champagne and limousines, Mary Beth was ordering a hospital bed and airflow mattress.
There were times when Ellen’s pain was so excruciating that she wanted to die and times when sleep deprivation and caregivers drove Mary Beth almost to the point of insanity. But through profound love and the ability to find humor they embraced the joy of each other’s company, understood the value of their relationship and honored the precious time they shared together.
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Me? A Caregiver?
By Mary Beth Harris
Directed by Becca Wolff
Mary Beth shares her experience in caregiving through an edgy, hilarious, poignant and honest one woman show. Produced by the Cherry Center, Me? A Caregiver? explores the challenges of caregiving through both laughter and tears. In this darkly comic one-woman show, Mary Beth teaches us the challenging and creative aspects of being a caregiver.
April 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
The Carl Cherry Center
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel
Tickets/Reservations online at www.carlcherrycenter.org
About the author
Mary Beth Harris is an award winning author, consultant and speaker. “When I was caregiving for my mother I found it so much harder than I ever expected. I knew that millions of Baby Boomers would soon find themselves in this challenging situation and I wanted to share my knowledge and help them navigate their way through these rough waters. That was the inspiration for writing the book. From the book came speaking engagements. Caregiving is not just about children taking care of parents but parents taking care of a disabled child, or a spouse taking care of a spouse. Sisters, best friends…..No job is more taxing. No job is more rewarding than Caregiving.
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“You will love Mary Beth Harris, you will love her independent mother, and you will love Me? A Caregiver? which is poignant, funny, and serious all at the same time. Every mother should pray to have such a steadfast, resourceful, hilarious daughter who loves her as much as Mary Beth Harris loved hers.”
—Phyllis Theroux, author of The Journal Keeper
“What a gift this book is. Mary Beth teaches us the challenging and creative aspects of being a caregiver. We learn to stretch, to find answers in all situations, to find miracles unexpectedly and most importantly, to laugh. Not only will I be a better caregiver for having read this wonderful book, but in the many aspects of being there for those I care about. I have learned new ways to be of LOVE.”