Computer internet problems for the past month, t.v. problems for the last couple of weeks, makes for a frustrating day. I tried not to let it get me down, but sometimes it does gets to me.
And then I went to my AA meeting, (that’s Anthem Authors to you) and it was a terrific two hours. Hearing other people’s advice on how to conduct our writing year, whether or not to critique and how, written rules, no more than ten; i.e. what is said in this room stays in this room, unless you have the consent of the author, be polite while another is reading, we will have assignments sometimes, things like that. I love it.
I should, I started AA in February of 2000, and in February of 2008, I self published my book, Behind The Mask, a secret journal written when my husband was suddenly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and we were advised to keep it a secret.
By the time we were sure that diagnois wasn’t going to happen, and the doctor agreed, taking him off all the Alzheimer’s medicines, I showed my husband my journal. He insisted I publish it.
I did. How proud I am that now I have started my Adopt A Caregiver Foundation, all because of my book. How else would anyone know what it’s like to stand in a new caregivers shoes? And standing in a caregivers shoes, how could you not want to help them, to wipe away some of their tears, to be their friend.
Encourage them to journal, write down some memories, happy one, ones to tell their children and grandchildren, because when you are gone, they won’t have anyone to answer their questions. And why should they only see you as you are now? They should know what you were like when you were young, their age, what you went through and how you came out a better, stronger, more compassionate person.
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