Grateful For The Big Things In Life

Husband and family still first. Howard and I have had many big important things happen in our life, and I expect we aren’t through seeing more of them coming our way.

Think about it this way: If we hadn’t done this, hadn’t moved, hadn’t been there when the teacher arrived, etc. Try that trick in your memoir writing.

In my case, if Howard hadn’t been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1993, and if I hadn’t started a secret journal that no one knew about, and since we were advised to keep this diagnosis a secret, writing in that journal helped me smile when I was with Howard.

Then seven years later, when they changed the diagnosis to Age Assoiated Memory Impairment, and he was fine I decided to show him my journal. And what did he say when he read it with tears in his eyes, “This is beautiful, this is you, and you have to publish it.”

Behind The Mask was born since I had already had the name ready and I had my granddaughter design the cover I was ready. Wasn’t I? Obviously I wasn’t.  It took me many years, eight to be exact, until my journal became a reality.

If not for the diagnosis, if not for publishing my secret journal, I never would have found my new journey in life Adopt A Caregiver. Life has many twists and turns, but you have to be attuned to them.

I’m devoting the rest of my life to Adopt A Caregiver. I will speak to any group, to any church, to any hospital, to anyone who will listen and I will blog every night about it and what I’m doing at the moment. Every community has caregivers. Find one and give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing.

Adopt A Caregiver, and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

And thank you to The Bloom Report and all those who have contacted us. It’s so good to hear from you.