It Has Arrived!

It has arrived, like delivering a baby after a long pregnancy – a seven-year pregnancy. Okay, my book came out this week, soft cover first and hard cover next week. I held it in my hands and just stared at it. There were times I felt like it would never be done. But it is and it seems surreal.

There are so many people to thank for making this reach the finish line. I have thanked them in my book, so you will have to read it. My dream is that this book will help many others with their own journey.

The National Alzheimer’s Association has agreed to sell the book on their website. Maria Shriver has also agreed to promote the book on her website. Stay tuned, it will take a few weeks to get those up and running.

All profits will be donated to Alzheimer’s research and the Potato Soup Foundation.

Enjoy!

6 Comments

  1. Kathleen Noble
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Dwayne! I will definitely buy your book and encourage my favorite local book store, Dog-Eared Pages here in Phoenix, to carry it also. Happy Valentine’s Day, former student!

  2. Calvin
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Dwayne – congratulations on the release of your new book and thank you for sharing your story. As someone who shares your vintage and currently dealing with my own mother’s health issues, I look forward to discovering nuggets of hope and encouragement. I wish you much success with this project.

  3. Louann Tomassi-Heydt
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your very touching book. I just finished reading it last night. I started it the day before and couldn’t put it down. My mother is in her tenth year of this Alzheimer’s battle. I took care of her and my Dad until three years ago when my Dad passed away and the circumstances with Mom became such that we had to find a facility that she could do better in. We had to use so many drugs at home to keep her calm it broke my heart.

    So, we found a facility in a city 200 miles from where I live. It was the worst day of my life taking her and I didn’t know how it could be better for her than me taking care of her but it was. They have her off of all medications and it has taken two years but she is in a better place. A better place than being home with her family, that is so absurd to me, but it is true at this stage. I go every week to see her. I stay over night at least every two months to have more time with her. I oversee her care daily. It’s a good Alzheimer’s facility, but it still has lots of cracks I have to stay on top of.

    My brothers and I also have one-on-one care for her in addition to the facilities caretakers – up to 5 hours a day, late afternoon and nights. She is still very mobile and was falling because of her anxiety issues, walking real fast, and she would trip. Anyway, lots of dynamics for sure.

    I so related to so much in your book. I love how you loved your mom and it is so much the way we are with our mom. Also our mom is a spitfire and a ‘tell ya what you think’ kind of lady too.

    I also journal this journey I’ve been on with her at the bidding of one of my friends. I’m definitely not a writer, but I needed a channel to express my thoughts. I really don’t have anyone to talk to or anyone that can really relate to my situation.

    Anyway, what a great book with lots of insights and I wanted to tell you Thank You for sharing your very personal journey. You were so real and raw with it and I appreciate that.

    Louann Tomassi-Heydt

    • Dwayne Clark
      Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Dear Louann,

      Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments. I really appreciate you sharing this with me.

      We are donating the profits from this book to the Potato Soup Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association to hopefully help end this terrible disease.

      All the best,
      Dwayne

  4. Hazel Ames
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I am almost finished with your book and I want to thank you for writing it. My mom is in an advancing stage of Alzheimer’s and she lives in Aegis of San Francisco. It is so reassuring to know that your experience has a direct influence on how you run your company. I have been so appreciative of the place where my mom lives, the staff who are so professional and loving at the same time.

    Mom had some adjustment issues when she moved in, but after moving into the Life’s Neighborhood, she soon came to think of it as her home. She recently had a fall and had to be hospitalized for five days and sent to skilled nursing for five days. She was so confused at one point I thought I might lose her. Her mobility skills suffered and she was unable to walk or feed herself. I got her back to Aegis, knowing if she was going to improve it would happen there. She was welcomed home with much love and she began to show improvement within a few days.

    Thank you for all you have done to help folks like me who are dealing with this insidious disease. God bless you and the wonderful family at Aegis of San Francisco.

    • Dwayne Clark
      Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      Dear Hazel,

      Thank you for entrusting your mother in our care and for your wonderful comments. We hope that we have created a trusted home to care for all of your mother’s needs. The proceeds from the book will be donated to the Potato Soup Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association to hopefully help end this cruel disease.

      Thank you again,
      Dwayne

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