June 8, 2020 © by Judith Allen Shone
“My Love’s diagnosis was over eight years ago — so long ago that the life I left behind has become a blurry mystery.”
Judith Allen Shone became a solo caregiver just three years after her retirement. It is a commitment she fulfills to this day.
Her personal story, told in her books “Is There Any Ice Cream?” (© 2019) and “Did You Hide the Cookies?” (© 2020) reveals reflective moments from the unanticipated emotional chaos that emerged while she, alone, cared for her loved one with COPD, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, cancer, anxiety, and elevated calcium, with occasional mysteries arising.
Readers have found her stories to be written with “such powerful honesty that they inspire and awaken courage.”
In her books, Shone invites you to experience day-to-day life with her, her trials, joys, and heartaches, of the world of spouse caregiving. She hopes she can be the connection to understanding that she wished she had found earlier in her journey. She wants caregivers to become aware of what might be ahead.
Using creative initiative, she felt compelled to tell her stories to unmask the role of caregiver. Knowing there were millions of stories to be told, her wish was to share a glimpse of her world to those who were also untrained and anxious. She hoped to help them strengthen their own spirit, power and determination, while taking a swipe at the stigma, the fears and misunderstandings, that surround Alzheimer’s world.
Shone graduated with a BA in Art from Colorado State University in 1965. Before being a caregiver, this former website designer, writer and art teacher spent over forty-two years in sales, advertising and marketing for exhibit firms and the corporate world in the US and Canada.
She has two grown children, two grandchildren and currently lives with her love (and loving memory of their little Miss Muffin) in Ontario, Canada.
~ jas 🍦
“About the Author” © 2019 Judith Allen Shone updated 2020
I am so happy to relate that A DIFFERENT DRUMMER BOOKS is carrying my book, “Is There Any Ice Cream?” — Drop in and ask Ian for a copy of both books, also “Did You Hide the Cookies?” Part Two of the series.
Available from A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, Ontario,
Amazon and online booksellers.
😊 Consider asking your library to order the book, possibly through their online ‘Request a Book’ form or a phone call, so more caregivers can be exposed to the world of caregiving. Our stories can help reduce their fears and help them find their courage. Thank you. 😊