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Helping Yourself Help Others by Susan Golant, Rosalynn Carter

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9

Dealing with Doctors and Other Formal Caregivers

FORMAL OR PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS HAVE BEEN AN IMportant part of our lives. Jimmy’s mother was a nurse, and when he was growing up most of their close circle of friends were doctors and nurses. The suffering of those in our community was an everyday subject of conversation in his family.

Possibly because of this and the experience with my father’s illness, one of our primary interests in public life has been healthcare. Jimmy and I have worked with doctors, nurses, social workers, drug-abuse counselors, mental health therapists, physical therapists—the range of healthcare professionals. Also, we have a family doctor whom we have been consulting for years about any aches and pains and who refers ...

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