Finding “Yoyu” [Excerpt 10]

Akira stayed with Otosan and me for a week. We went into town nearly every day to visit his mother and run errands.

My mother-in-law, Okasan (mother), had already been transferred from the big hospital where she had surgery. Now at the local hospital, she was doing great. Her doctor wanted Okasan to stay for another 3-6 weeks of rehabilitation before going home.

With all the regrets and “what ifs,” we did get a few things right while advocating for Otosan and Okasan. I hope you will watch or listen to the above excerpt and follow my gentle suggestion at the end.

And, if you missed any of the previous excerpts, you can find the playlist here.

About the book:

A few years ago, we moved my husband’s parents from a rural part of Japan to live with us in Tokyo in our tiny 800 square foot (73 square-meter) condo. My book, Finding “Yoyu,” is about what it took to decide to move them. It’s also about navigating the Japanese health care system and finding an appropriate nursing home for my mother-in-law while helping my father-in-law transition from a lifetime of farming to retirement in the big city. It’s about how we discovered he had Alzheimer’s and my husband had stage 3 colon cancer. It’s about how I managed to support these two men and keep (or find!) my yoyu all while going through a career change.

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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Marci. When I'm not writing, building websites, or coaching clients, I love walking the streets of Japan and discovering spirit in all shapes and forms. Here on the blog, you'll also get a peek into what it is like to live with and care for my Japanese father-in-law who has Alzheimer’s. Enjoy!


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