The Journal was my Journey

My secret journal was my journey. When my husband was suddenly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease I started my secret journal. Seven years later, when they changed the diagnosis I shoed him the journal, and he said, “Publish this.”

I finally did several more years later and now I’m embarked on a new journey. Starting with my own community I want everyone to Adopt A Caregiver. That is my vision for the future. Too many caregivers are alone and depressed. People call and ask, “How is the patient today?” Does anyone ask how you are doing?

One by one by word of mouth, which is so potent, I am planting the seed. Adopt A Caregiver and it is going to grow and spread with your help.

My vision for the future is to wipe away all the caregivers tears.

Every community can do this. Read my book, Behind The Mask, see what it feels like to be a new caregiver. Then and only then will you know how to be compassionate. Send an email, encourage caregivers to write in a journal to get their feelings out. Send them a journal with a bright colored pen, tell them to vent. Be a friend, listen, care, that’s all I ask.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene


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