For This I Am Grateful

June 30, 2020|
For This I Am Grateful by Christine Thelker
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I remember going home to an empty house to try to digest my doctor's news, "You have vascular dementia." I thought to myself, I'm only 55 and I'm already a widow, the worst thing that could ever happen to me. But during my career working in Dementia Care, my co-workers and I had always felt that getting any type of dementia diagnosis would be the worst news a person could receive. Having witnessed the progression in so many people, I knew being a widow was nothing compared to what I was going to have to face. I soon discovered those past experiences would, in fact, help me forge through the coming losses.The diagnosis itself was not the worst of it, finding no help or resources was. I had to try to figure out 'what's next' on my own. I got my affairs in order, and came to terms with the fact that my career and the life I had known both were gone. I gave up my home, my car, my ability to drive, my hopes, and my dreams.
Yet a stubborn streak remained in me. I decided, 'I'm not done yet, ' and made it my new motto. Then I set out to find help, to find my new self. My search led me to Dementia Alliance International. At DAI, I found hope and purpose; this was life-changing and life-saving. I stepped onto a path of a whole new understanding of dementia, advocating, speaking engagements, and learning that life can be beautiful, even with dementia.
Title:For This I Am Grateful
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:168 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.36 in
Shipping dimensions:168 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.36 in
Published:June 30, 2020
Publisher:austin macauley publishers llc
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781645756996

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