Since today is Cinco de Mayo, instead of "Thank you," I will say, "Gracias" to everyone who followed my posts during the A to Z April challenge. "Gracias," for your thoughtful comments and your encouragement; and "Gracias," for your friendship and kindness.
The 26 vignettes have been removed, and after some editing, they will be compiled into my book in progress entitled Hold My Hand.
The book is about Mrs. MacMillan, an elderly resident of a nursing home who suffers from Alzheimer's dementia. The reader will follow her good and bad days, her confused and lucid moments, and the underlying love story that spices the series.
Although the character and the story are both fictional, the vignettes are based on events I observed in patients with dementia. The story centers on Mrs. MacMillan and what she possibly thinks and feels.
"Gracias" to Nancy Pearce, author of Inside Alzheimer's: How to Hear and Honor Connections with a Person who has Dementia who inspired and encouraged me to continue with this project. These were her insightful words:
Thank you so much for your expressions which touch my heart deeply. I am excited to hear your approach to writing about dementia from a more personal perspective...we need more books that help readers get out of their heads/perspectives and encourage the opening of heart-understandings of the person who has dementia. This, of course, is the reason for my own writings in the form of telling stories.
Good luck with your journey!
With many blessings,
Finally, special "gracias" to Arlee Bird, the creator of the A to Z April Challenge, a wonderful blogger friend and mentor.