The Reviews Are Coming In…
“I read [your book] in two days, and wow! You nailed it!” -B.P.
“Erin Copelan lovingly gives us permission to feel exactly how we do or don’t feel in a way that is so entertaining, sweet and filled with LOVE.” -L.H.
“As a cancer caregiver myself I could really relate to every chapter of this book!” -R.B.
“I am a psychologist who frequently works with transplant patients. This book is fantastic for caregivers of all kinds in navigating with guilt, anger, hindsight, stress, sleep deprivation, and pretty much diving headfirst into the medical field with no training.” -T.R.
“What an amazing read, so sincere and so well-crafted.” -N.K.
Welcome to Caregiving:
The Things Caregivers Never Talk About.
“Why did you decide to write this book?” I was on a Zoom chat with Jerry’s transplant surgeon. He had graciously agreed to write the foreword my new book, “Welcome to Caregiving: The Things Caregivers Never Talk About,” and we were reviewing my vision and the necessary logistics. I was caught off guard. No one had ever asked me that question. I felt my face flush with embarrassment as my mind raced, searching for the reason. All I could come up with was the truth. As silly as it sounded, I allowed the honest words to slowly fall from lips, “Because I had to.”
I had told the story of Jerry’s liver transplant so many times. The diagnosis. Our team. Our move. “As long as he gets the transplant the day after we move, I’ll be fine.” (If I had known that’s exactly what would happen I would have asked the Universe for more time.) I was simply called to put pen to paper.
Because there’s very little out there for Caregivers that offers support – and truth. Because patients really don’t know what we do (’cause they get drugs). Because many medical professionals haven’t lived it day-by-day.
For nearly four years I’ve been working on this project and I’m excited to share the behind the scenes developments as the book gets ready to land in your hands. Sign up to receive my weekly Hump Day Newsletter and receive VIP advance notification of special events, offers, and workshops.
Erin is a storyteller, licensed massage therapist, and a real estate investor. In 2009 she became the sole Caregiver for her husband as he was diagnosed with cancer, underwent multiple surgeries, and a successful liver transplant. With caregiving experience that spans over a decade in multiple states with multiple medical centers, Erin was called to share her stories with the underserved caregiving community. She was called to share hope, community, and love. Erin is a UNOS Ambassador helping to spread the word of organ donation. She is the recipient of the 2020 Mina Shah Enterprises “Awesome Award” – the first award by that name – because she is AWESOME.
She was born on the east coast, moved to the west coast, slowly crept her way south and then crawled back over to the east coast (getting two speeding tickets along the way).
She can talk forever about things she loves, like why you should be an organ donor, or her cats, or why her husband can be both her most favorite person and simultaneously drive her absolutely batty.
She went to college at night while working full time, graduated with honors, and then started a business as a licensed massage therapist. She has always excelled as the executor of other people’s visions – and is now, finally, executing her own. She’s achieved expert skills in being the Kitchen Table Pharmacist, The Burro, and the Sling Maker.
She loves writing, the ocean, yoga, massage, and martinis with blue-cheese-stuffed-olives.