It was such a treat to participate in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers book signing yesterday at Barnes & Noble as a contributing author along with Jean Ferratier. I want to thank the Springfield, Illinois Barnes & Noble for hosting this local author event, and I’d especially like to thank everyone who came by to see us over the two hours we were at the bookstore. Jean and I both had the opportunity to discuss and read excerpts from our stories. I feel so fortunate to have my story included in this book, and it was wonderful to talk with other caregivers and hear their feedback on my story. So many people shared their own caregiving stories, and it was a privilege to be entrusted with this personal information. Here are some photos that capture this special event celebrating family caregivers everywhere.
I just found out that one of my stories will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding, and I’m pretty excited about it! The book will be released in March and include my story titled “Changing My Expectations.” I was just as thrilled to learn that another writer from my hometown of Springfield, Illinois named Jean Ferratier will also be featured in this same book with her story “Dry Her Tears.” What a coincidence that out of 101 stories, 2 of them are from writers living in the same city, especially a small city such as ours. Jean is also the person who encouraged me to submit a story for this book, so I’m grateful to her and happy we are both contributors.
Wondering what “Changing My Expectations” is about? I’ll tell you! It’s about my mother, and I’d call it an honest depiction of an end-stage Alzheimer’s patient, along with the coping strategies needed to deal with a loved one in this heartbreaking condition. The story is based on my real-life visit to see my mother on her 75th birthday.
Sadly, this turned out to be her last birthday as she died only two short months later, but I had no idea the end was so near when I wrote this story. It’s an excerpt from my book, and I am happy to share it in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.