Is There Any Ice Cream?

Accepting the Gift of Caregiving suite,
Part One and Part Two 

Understanding a caregiver's life will benefit: 

          1. anyone in a support role, 
                 2. 'friendly visitors,'

         3. service workers,        

            4. family and friends

             5. caregivers

Judith Allen Shone never asked “what if” her loved one became ill and she, alone, and in her seventies, had to be the one to care for him. It never occurred to her that she would become a caregiver 24/7, without support for four years.


She never dreamed she would experience desperation and loneliness beginning just three years into retirement.


But that is exactly what happened.

Would you have been ready?

How would you grapple with unfamiliar situations?
  ...what would you do?  



 Will you become overwhelmed?

       Do you know that spouse-caregivers

         can laugh & cry,

             feel anger & depression;

               can be happy & grateful,

                  make mistakes & learn,

                      slam doors, carry guilt,

                          feel alone & need support??

Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, Part One

Is There Any Ice Cream?


Surviving the Challenges of Caregiving

for a Loved One 

with Alzheimer's, Anxiety and COPD 

Inescapable Heartaches of Caregiving
for My Love 

with Alzheimer's, Anxiety and COPD 

Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, Part Two

Did You Hide the Cookies?


Through her collection of experiences,
the author reveals how, over time,
her attitude was challenged, moving her to
accept the gift of caregiving.


"And just like that, I was a caregiver."

Taken from Is There Any Ice Cream? © 2019


Rosalynn Carter, former American First Lady,
has said,

"There are four kinds of people in the world:
those who have been caregivers,
those who are currently caregivers,
those who will be caregivers,
and those who will need caregivers."

 On the day of diagnosis
          you become a caregiver. what?

Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, is a two-book suite, 
Is There Any Ice Cream? © 2019  and  

Did You Hide the Cookies? coming in 2020.

"Did You Hide the Cookies?"
follows on the heels of the stories in
 "Is There Any Ice Cream?"

Sharing stronger emotional experiences 
associated with later stages of Alzheimer,
anxiety & COPD,

Exposing frightening, unfamiliar
caregiver situations,
and unexpected heartaches
peppered with the joys of caregiving.
Again, written from the perspective
of a spouse caregiver.

  Shone juggles humor with insight as she
  chronicles the story of

  • an unprepared and desperate caregiver,

  • on an emotional journey,

  • caring for her loved one 

  • with COPD, Alzheimer’s, Anxiety, vascular dementia, cancer with occasional mysteries arising.

  Read to reduce fears and gain confidence
  through being aware of the coping mechanisms
  another caregiver learned as she lived.
 to get a sense of the life of a caregiver in
  Alzheimer's world.

  Understanding will help reduce the stigma
  associated with dementia diseases and those
  who are their caregivers.


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