As an activist (advocate?) for more 12 years, this book also reminds me how tragic it is that most advocacy has made no tangible difference. Yes, you read that correctly: none.
“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 lifesaving.
“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.”
Congratulations Christine, on this outstanding achievement. I am proud to walk beside you. 👏
The full article about Christine’s book can be accessed here.