Midwest Book Review for May

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I just received a copy of the Midwest Book Review for May about my book,

Behind The Mask. It states:

“True stories are the best stories. They teach us what people can go through, how they can endure, and most especially, how they can triumph in the end–one way or another. “Behind The Mask” is the story of a woman whose husband was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s the story of how Helene Moore’s personal world was shattered, how she felt helpless and hopeless with the sudden prospect of watching the man she loved being given a prognosis of slow, inevitable death that would stead his mind long before it would result in his death. It is also the story of her finding the strengh to cope, to survive, to perceive and enjoy the small pleasantries of life, family, and friends. “Behind The Mask” is drawn from her journal entries and provides a compeling account of her struggle back to normalcy and her renewed appreciation for what life and love can make of even the most ordinary of marriages undergoing the most extraordinary of challenges. Superbly written from beginning to end, “Behind The Mask” is as inspired and inspiring as it is informed and informative, making it highly recommended reading for anyone finding themselves or a loved one in similar circumstance.”

Mary Cowper



  1. Allison (helene's proud granddaughter) says:

    I wanted to let everyone read a letter that I wrote to the Oprah show. I may never hear from the show but most importantly it says how I feel about my grandma:

    What matters to me? A question that is filled with so many answers on the surface, but in my heart and soul, my family is what matters to me. And my family, especially my grandmother is the reason for this submission. My grandma is an inspiration, and a role model to so many and for so many reasons. At the age of 75 she has just published a book, Behind The Mask, a journal about the struggles that a caregiver has to go through. In 1993 her husband (my grandfather) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. At the time, he held a high power job in the toy industry, and therefore the diagnosis was kept a secret, for fear that his job may be in jeopardy. So my grandmother began a secret journal where she exposed her inner most feelings of fear, hurt and pain but mostly love and kisses. Somehow, she was able to pull from the strength within and not allow this terrible diagnosis to destroy the amazing love story that started 55 years prior. My grandparent’s love for one another is evident through their 3 children, 6 grand children and their kissing collection, which includes over 2,000 pieces of kissing art. Her motto is “keep love and kisses in your life” and that is exactly what she does and how she lives. Now that she has published her book people will understand what the caregiver is going through, and she would like for everyone to “adopt a caregiver”. An email or a phone call takes no time but would mean everything to the caregiver, whose world may be falling apart behind their mask. With the recent passing of Charlston Heston, from this disease, it made me wonder if there was a way to spread my grandmother’s message. There are so many people suffering from this disease, we can’t afford to forget the caregivers who are victims themselves.

    I love you Gram.