|A Journey with "AL"zheimers|
Painter - Writer ginda simpson Dreamer of Dreams
LOVE Endures All Things
A Journey with "AL"zheimers
readers are saying...
don't think anyone really understands Alzheimer's and how deeply it
impacts a family. Ginda
writes from first hand experience and shares the difficult journey of her father's
struggle with this terrible disease. Love
Endures All Things is beautifully written
and illustrated with Ginda's art. This is a must read book for any
family struggling to care for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's. As
baby boomers dealing with declining health of our parents and siblings, we
must always be
book, Love Endures All Things: A Journey with
"AL"zheimers, poignantly and graciously tells the story of the
"pilfering" that occurs with this disease.
A JOURNEY WITH ALZHEIMER'S is an accurate and loving rendition of this journey so many families find a father or mother or grandparents in their care travelling at different levels. This beautiful little publication shows the regression both with text and paintings what is really happening in the life of the loved one that "used to be" so alert and healthy. Life that was clear and vibrant, defined to be what it is and then as our loved one regresses we can see the blur beginning and soon it is just a mosiac. This is a perfect read for all of us as caregivers watching someone slowly leaving us."
words shape truth, then LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS speaks to all who journey
with a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia of any kind. It
embraces with clarity the grief, aloneness, lability, and fragmentedness of
both patient and caregivers. Yet it also ascends into ways to allow
the safe and the sacred by living mindfully in the present moment.
should be a guide for professionals priveleged to take care of these people
as well as every friend and family member ever touched by their
Mary Eleanor Toms, M.D. FAAHPM Beacon Hospice
In “Love Endures All Things” - Ginda to all who know her -- takes us on a brief, yet intimate, journey as she recalls and replays her father’s journey into that long and deep night that is called Alzheimer’s disease. She allows us to peek inside of her memories as her father slowly looses his. As a writer, Simpson paints a simple, loving, mosaic of her father’s labors to throw off his adversary. As a painter, she creates a subtle, progressive image that Alzheimer’s brings to both the family and the victim of this insidious disease. In this simple, poetic book, we see and almost experience, the struggle of one man, who is still loved and revered by daughter, family, and colleagues. Yet, this book breathes life and an understanding that the journey for the caregiver alone has meaning and importance. Ginda closes with these encouraging words: “As we add light to the darkness of their confused world, our world becomes more illuminated.” Those sufferers “need to know that they…are not alone. We must journey with them, for it truly is a journey worth taking.” That journey is possible, because as her title and her father remind us that what St. Paul still assures across the ages is still true: “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Jim Coleman, Sterling, VA
"No exaggeration dear friend, your heart has spilled perfect words onto the page for a perfect piece of meditation on Alzheimers and its effect. But the stroke of real genius started as soon as you used the burglar/thief/pilferer metaphor! Wow! Each line from that point was a prose-poem and yet such a clear picture of something so evasive and difficult to describe. It's heartbreakingly beautiful and amazingly polished and confident in its imagery. Each line is perfect; each image goes to the heart. Congratulations on having been able to craft out of your family's pain a work of beauty that is exquisite as relived agony."
"Ginda Simpson has put a name and personality to the tragically debilitating disease of Alzheimer's, through her compassionate and tender recounting of her final months with her father, as he descended into the dark and frightening world of this disease, enabling the reader to not only feel the deep sadness and tragedy of their family's journey, but to also gain insight into the deep hope and strength that can be attained from taking the risk of accompanying a loved one into that dark world. I recommend this book to any and all who have been touched by Alzheimer's in their lives. It will provide a much-needed respite from the oftentimes confusing, frustrating, and tragic daily existence of living with this disease."
"I can't wait to see the final book. Thank you for your insight and ability to translate Dad's journey into words and art. You have captured our hearts, memories, love and feelings so beautifully in this book. May it help others to understand and accept the wonder of this illness and how we have to adapt to it's reality to enjoy the simple pleasures we have left with loved ones. I know I did and I am eternally grateful for that opportunity. God does work in mysterious ways!"
Rita Ayd O'Brennan
"… perhaps a documentary of the thief "Al" and a visual of the " pilfering." This visual would be such a gift to families to see the struggles and understand how to cope with this horrid disease. Now I urge you to circulate it beyond your family so that it will be a gift to the world as well. BRAVO Ginda - perhaps your Father helped you write this – he would have liked you to carry on his gift of knowledge."
"Ginda paints a warm, compassionate portrait of dealing with Alzheimer's as a daughter; her gentle prose will provide both comfort and guidance to those in similar situations."
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