Posts Tagged ‘caregiving’

Who Wants a Personal Message From Derek Jeter?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012


Right. The better question is who doesn’t want a personal message from Derek Jeter? No one. We love our captain, so why not spend $299 to have him record a special message just for us? Here’s how…

There are just a few days left for everybody to donate and receive a customized audio message from Jeet (as well as from celebrities like Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks, Betty White, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, Ed Asner and Carrie Fisher – Morgan Freeman is already sold out) – all to benefit the national advocacy organization Autism Speaks.

I love this fundraising idea, and Autism Speaks is such a worthy organization. In my new caregiving book, YOU’D BETTER NOT DIE OR I’LL KILL YOU, one of the other caregivers is filmmaker Yudi Bennett whose son Noah is autistic. Her story alone is worth the price of admission, so I feel especially impassioned on her behalf.

And think about all the things you’d like Jeter to say to you. He could:

  • Explain that “fat” picture and assure you he really hasn’t gained any weight.
  • Tell you whether he and Minka are over for good.
  • Share what he thinks of A-Rod’s latest hip adventure.
  • Give you an assessment of Yankees 2013.

Now back to the Hot Stove….



A Post About Health

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Photo: Newsday

Since Jeter had his ankle surgery on Saturday and CC is headed for a consult with the dreaded Dr. Andrews and Granderson is taking a trip to the opthamologist (maybe someone should send Cano to a sports shrink too), it seemed like a good time to talk about my new book a bit.

As many of you know, my husband Michael has Crohn’s, a chronic, autoimmune disease that affects the GI tract. He’s a trooper, despite having been hospitalized nearly 100 times since he was diagnosed at age 11, but caring for a family member with an illness or disability is a challenge. In addition, my mom, the original She-Fan, is 95 and experiencing memory impairment. What I’ve done in YOU’D BETTER NOT DIE is to share my personal essays about various aspects of caregiving – from baking a chocolate cake for a grumpy nurse to finding out why men should never go to the ER without a woman along (sorry, guys, but it’s true; you don’t like asking for directions and you don’t like giving a complete medical history). I’ve also interviewed other caregivers (some caring for a spouse or child, others caring for an elderly relative), along with experts in everything from fitness to meditation.

What you don’t know is that one of the caregivers I interviewed is a charter member of this blog: Harold, the father of our wonderful Barbara. Harold not only knows his Yankees baseball, but he’s an extremely kind and generous man who shared his caregiving stories about his son, who had ALS, and his wife, who had Parkinson’s. I thank him for his participation.

Another caregiver I interviewed from the Yankees family: Suzanne Preisler, the wife of Jerome Preisler, a prolific author who also writes for Suzanne took care of both her sister (ovarian cancer) and her mother (pancreatic cancer), and one of the ways she got through it all was by watching Yankees games.

There’s much more about the book on my web site, but I wanted to alert everybody to it since it’s coming out in a couple of weeks and there will be coverage of it in the media, as well as the launch of my video book trailer. And I encourage anyone who has a family member with an illness or knows someone who does or even works with caregivers to spread the word. My goal with the book was to offer a cheerful, even entertaining companion (this is not a depressing book – really!). With more and more of us having to deal with aging parents and grandparents, I hope it can be helpful.

As for the Yankees, they’ll be fine. I agree with those who’ve said Swisher is unlikely to be back. Soriano too. I was disappointed to read that Pineda won’t be ready to pitch until mid-season, but another year of Kuroda, CC, Pettitte and Hughes would work, plus some pitcher yet to be acquired. (I don’t see Phelps moving into the regular rotation.)

For me, the biggest issue isn’t A-Rod. It’s Cano. He’s always been streaky, but he had everybody mystified by his fade. He needs to find a way to be more consistent if he wants the big paycheck once he’s a free agent.

Anybody watching the other games? Are they good?


No Hit, No Pitch, No Win

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

How annoying. The Yankees had a chance to gain ground on the idle O’s and instead they rolled over and went to sleep.

Not that Brandon Morrow isn’t a tough pitcher; he stymied our bats tonight. But no runs? Seriously?

And how about that outing from Nova? Stinko. I’m beginning to think his inconsistency is the norm, not the exception, and that he’s deservingly losing favor within the organization. It’s a shame, because he had such a promising rookie season, but we need starters we can count on going into the postseason. Does anybody feel comfortable with him in the rotation against, say, the Tigers?

Not much else to say. Lowe? Aardsma? Not worth the ink.

Oh, Canada. I’m actually feeling kindly toward that country at the moment since I’m doing an interview tomorrow for my new book with Maclean’s Magazine, their equivalent of Time or Newsweek. I like the city of Toronto too, but I’d be very happy if we beat the last place Blue Jays over the next three days.