Making Progress Slowly

Finally making some progress. I’ve thrown out loads of papers from all my files. As my husband said, “It’s about time you got rid of all that paper.”

However, I still have loads of paper, mostly my writing projects, but all that is going with me. At least now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Tomorrow doing other work around the house, a definite break in my new routine of clearing out and starting to pack.

Please do not forget the caregivers in your community. They need our support; they need a friend. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Do A Good Deed

If anyone wants to send a card or note to a recovering soldier, the address is

Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Medical Center

6900 Georgia Ave N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

Or ask around for a soldier’s address thanking them for serving our country and keeping us free, Just send them an email or a card, letting them know that someone is thinking of them.

Or

Adopt A Caregiver, give the gift that lasts forever, and costs nothing. There is a caregiver in your community, somewhere. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Someone needs your help and your support and your friendship.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

How It Is Now

Now, all these years later, I still have the same emotions, only it’s different. Now these emotions are for all caregivers. I imagine them going through all that I went through, and I want to help them past the rough spots.

Imagine yourself in the position of caregiver. Put yourself in their shoes; it doesn’t feel good, does it?  No, it doesn’t.

I’ve ripped off my mask, but they can’t. The only way to help them is to get them to talk, to get it out, to vent, and we can offer support, encourage them to journal, or draw or do something they love to do.

Adopt A Caregiver. I want that to be on everyone’s list. It certainly is the gift that lasts forever, and costs nothing. Just keep your ears open, find out who is a caregiver in your own community, school, church, synagogue, Mah Jongg club, Poker Club, and then offer to be their friend.

No, they won’t open up right away, but when they start to trust that you aren’t going to judge them, they might. That would help wipe away some of their tears. Don’t you want to help do that?

I do!

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

I am so grateful and feel so blessed that the Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis no longer hangs over our heads. Now it’s time to give back. This is my new journey. Please help. Just Adopt A Caregiver.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

My Husband's Compliment

Maybe I shouldn’t get this personal, but my husband’s words have been in my head and my heart all day. As rotten as I’ve been feeling, his words have perked me up as nothing else could.

My husband and I are very close. I once said that, “We are two parts of a whole, while each retaining our own identity.” When two people get married I always say to them, “He should treat you like a gueen, and she should make him feel ten feet tall.”

Every morning my husband makes my coffee and he writes me a note. This morning’s note got me all choked up and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It’s keeping my heart’s compartment full of love.

I know that he is proud of me, he tells me that all the time. But this morning in his note, he wrote.

“I never cease to be amazed by your love, caring, goodness and desire to be helpful. Adopt A Caregiver and Behind The Mask is a revelation of your soul.”

Wow! Thank you my love for your support and your love. I love you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

My New Journey

My new journey is Adopt A Caregiver. This too, will be an uphill battle, but with your help it will get easier.

My old journey was devastating, when my husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and we had to keep it a secret.  That seven year journey as I clawed my way out from the desolate darkness back to the magic and miracles in my life, as I learned that love and kisses do heal. And God has his own plans.

That is one reason I self published my book, Behind The Mask, so others could stand in my shoes and understand caregivers feelings. Then, they could go out and Adopt A Caregiver.

Call support group leaders, tell them about my Adopt A Caregiver program, they can give you some names of people who would want to be adopted. They need your help and support.

Give something back, talk about it, get the word out. It does not take much time to write an email, or send a joke.  Make someone smile, let them vent. Let the tears flow.

Caregivers keep their emotions inside, they save their tears for later. They don’t want to talk about it. They also don’t want to be left all alone. Imagine how they feel, especially the younger ones with early onset, they still know what is going on, they understand how their brain feels like a sieve, everything going in at the top, and sifting out through the bottom.That is what my husband always said.

But Alzheimer’s Disease is not contagious. Please help those who are so busy caring for others they have no time to care for themselves.

Adopt A Caregiver.

Word of mouth is potent, let others know about this worthwhile program.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene