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He Almost Named Me Buckaroo Banzai by Kenji Suzuki

He Almost Named Me Buckaroo Banzai

Memoirs of a Caregiver

by Kenji Suzuki

Pages: 218

Dimensions: 6 x 9

Category
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - Personal Memoirs
  • FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - General

Type : Paperback

ISBN : 9781545640722

Price : $20.49

In April 2015, I was thrust into the role of family caregiver when my dad was suddenly stricken with terminal pulmonary fibrosis. Unprepared and with nobody around to help me, I had no choice but to learn quickly and accept all the responsibilities that came with being the full-time caregiver for both of my parents. At the age of 24, I had to put my future indefinitely on hold, with no idea how long my time as a caregiver would last. What transpired over the next few years would prove to be the most challenging and enlightening chapter of my life thus far. Detailed in this book are the most significant events/experiences that occurred during this period, from when my dad first fell ill to the time of his death in the summer of 2017. I discuss topics that include the mental/emotional toll of being the sole full-time caregiver to my mom and dad, coming to grips with my dad’s mortality, and how my passion for bodybuilding saved my life. I also address my family’s frustrations with the Veterans Health Administration that served as the initial impetus for writing this book. By laying bare in vivid detail the emotional ups and downs I experienced during this time, I hope that I can give readers insight into the sometimes harsh realities of being a full-time family caregiver. It was not an easy burden to carry, but I did it out of my love and respect for my parents and I am the better for it.


Kenji Suzuki was born in Santa Ana, California and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i, where he still currently lives.  He has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Miami.

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