NOVEMBER 3, 2022
5604 TRAIL AVENUE
I will read from LOSING US and share some of the insights she developed along her journey as the caregiver of a person with dementia, including strategies that helped her to do a better job and at the same time to be kinder, healthier, and more resilient.
DURING the twelve years that I was my husband John’s primary caregiver, I came to accept that she didn’t cause, couldn’t cure, and absolutely couldn’t control the dementia that attacked his brain. But in time I also found that what I could control was her own response to the impact this disease had on our lives.
IN THIS MEMOIR, I reveal with honesty and compassion the guilt and shame I experienced for not being or doing enough for John, for my emotional outbursts and for wanting to escape what began to feel like a life-sentence in a rapidly shrinking prison. But much more than just a memoir of loss, Losing Us is an informal guide to dementia caregiving, providing links to caregiver resources and showing friends, families and the community what they can do to help. My insights demonstrate that dark thoughts and harsh feelings are not shortcomings but a natural response to being in an impossible situation, and she encourages caregivers to keep putting one foot in front of the other as they move toward the faint light of hope that shines at the end of this very dark tunnel.
LOSING US is now available at:
https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000268179085'and coming soon to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and e-book retail channels.