During the twelve years my mother danced with Alzheimer’s disease, I acted as her Power of Attorney and Health Care Power of Attorney. Trying to find the most workable solutions to the issues my mother experienced was challenging to say the least.
My professional experience in special education/mental health enabled me to advocate for her and coordinate communications between the facility in which she lived and our family. I learned about the disease and the perseverance it takes to live with it. I attended conferences and spoke at length with doctors, nurses, and staff. I met families like ours who were working through the maze of available support services. I struggled with my mother’sbroken heart and mine.
As an educator, I enjoy sharing information and know-how. The more I learned about this disease, the more I wanted to publish an ezine. While I didn’t have time when my mother was alive, I’m now editing Together With Alzheimer’s Ezine, a family-friendly publication that explores the many facets of this disease.
As an award winning author, I love creating characters and applying what I’ve learned to their situations. The characters in my debut novel, The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird, struggle with the aftermath of bullying—of the seventeen-year-old protagonist and her beloved grandmother, who has just been placed on a locked unit for persons with Alzheimer’s.
The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird, is now available. In tandem with my ezine, I hope it will further our understanding of those suffering from the injustices of bullying and of Alzheimer’s.