Meet Gela-Marie Williams, author of “Green Vanilla Tea”

usa_green-vanilla-tea-cover-2By Gela-Marie Williams

I remember the evening my youngest son came through to me in my bedroom holding a rather dog-eared manuscript of Green Vanilla Tea. I had worked on this family story with my two boys over a few years. I’m not sure how many, exactly. We simply worked on it until we’d tussled with it enough and one day it was done. My son leaned against the doorframe, favouring one leg as his dad would have done. I remember Continue reading

Meet Cynthia Toney, author of 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status

10-steps-to-girlfriend-status-fc-medBy Cynthia Toney

Alzheimer’s is a cruel prison that held my dear mother-in-law in chains for approximately three years, taking her freedom and her mind until it finally took her body. I understood little about the disease before watching a once brilliant, witty, and loving lady wither before my eyes. Continue reading

Meet Marie Marley, author of Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy

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By Marie Marley

I took care of my beloved Romanian 30-year life partner when he developed Alzheimer’s. The disease began very slowly, and for the longest time I just couldn’t understand the changes he’d been displaying. He’d become short-tempered, often confused and sometimes unusually forgetful.

Then one night he was found driving on the wrong side of the road. Realizing what he’d done, he pulled over and stopped. Continue reading

Meet Daniel C. Potts, physician, author and dementia advocate

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 By Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN

“The true worth of a (person) is not to be found in (that person) him/herself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.” – Albert Schweitzer

My motivation to write about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias was my father, Lester, an artist who had Alzheimer’s. A neurologist and only child, I found myself struggling in a dark place in 2002, just after my father’s diagnosis. I felt like a restrained bystander bearing witness to a crime I could do nothing about. Continue reading

Meet Susan Suchan: “This Disease Does Not Come With an Instruction Manual”

thanksgiving-2014By Susan Suchan

When I look at the faces of my grandchildren and see the joy and blessing that they and my family and friends bring to me, I am determined to share this dementia experience! They love me just the way I am.  What may at times look or sound silly, different or even disturbing, is explained and discussed, so we all work together, bringing mutual joy and learned compassion for the best quality of life, for everyone involved. Continue reading

Meet Kathleen Wheeler, author of Brought to Our Senses

brought-to-our-senses-book-cover-webBy Kathleen H. Wheeler

Why choose Alzheimer’s as the focus of my new family saga novel Brought To Our Senses?

It’s a fair question. After all, Alzheimer’s is argued to be the disease feared most of all. The mind-robbing illness has a bad reputation and a stigma-stifling discussion in mixed company. So why exactly would I tackle such a difficult subject, one so many avoid altogether or shrug off as hopeless?

The answer is simple: it’s personal. Continue reading

Meet Krysten Lindsay Hager – How Young Adult Fiction Helps Heal and Educate

By Krysten Lindsay Hager

competingwiththestarAfter my dad passed in the summer of 2015, I was sitting on my couch watching TV when I got a message from some readers asking what happened next for my characters Nick and Hadley from my book, Next Door to a Star. I was in my grief bubble, and this email was a welcome bright spot letting me know someone cared enough about the characters to want to know their future. I thought writing about what happened next might be a way to get my mind off grieving. It was when I got to sixty pages that I realized I might have a book. Continue reading

Meet Cathie Borrie, author of The Long Hello-Memory, My Mother, and Me

usa-cover-jpgBy Cathie Borrie

In an almost Zen-like poetic form, my mother revealed the changing landscape of her mind:

“Listen, Cathie . . . a bird!

“What are the birds saying?’

“They’re chirping.”

“In a language?”

“In their language. In an upside down language.” Continue reading

Meet Ann Campanella, author of Motherhood: Lost and Found

By Ann Campanella

anncampanellaIn my early 30s, I learned that life can change direction when you least expect it. My husband Joel and I had moved from Houston to North Carolina in order to be closer to my parents. We both had successful careers – he as a businessman and me as a writer and editor. We were looking forward to Continue reading

Meet Molly LeGrand, dementia advocate, caregiver and blogger

molly-legrand-bio-picBy Molly LeGrand

I’ve worked in Long Term Care as an Activities Assistant for ten years. This role has offered a unique perspective on Alzheimer’s as I typically will meet the person after a diagnosis. And just like I would with a new friend or colleague, I begin to get to know them, and I get to know Continue reading