Well--I am a proud Indie author indeed ! Published my first book, "Alzheimer's Through My Mother's Eyes" in December, 2013. My story is real. My story is raw.
The five year journey of taking care of my Mother as she descended into Alzheimer's disease, is my story. As Mom's caregiver, I learned about elder attorney's, elder abuse, assisted living rules and regulations, convalescent center and their roles in the lives of the elderly, and compassionate and dedicated doctors.
I had no one to help or guide me. I am a caregiver survivor and honored to pass along the suggestions, facts, medical jargon and information I learned during this time - in the duties of being a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer's.
Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions ! I welcome any verbiage and feedback from any of my readers. I hope this accurate account of these years will resound to many who are in the same situation I was in many years ago.
My top goal, was to maintain respect and dignity for the glorious and beautiful woman who raised me to be a contributing and honest member of our society.
My husband and I will celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary in August, 2014 and we enjoy peace and quiet, going for walks, out with friends and spending time together.
I also am the "human" of a Therapy Dog International, by the name of FLOWER. She is an amazing TDI - and has now accomplished over 150 documented visits. The first place we visited when she was certified as a Therapy Dog, was the convalescent center that my Mother was in until she passed. I grew to love the canines that came to visit the patients and I was honored they welcomed me as my first official Therapy Dog International visit with FLOWER/TDIAOV.
This is my way of giving back the love that Mom and I shared. It is so very rewarding to bring smiles and compassion to bedbound and sick patients.