I cherish these kind words.
Did You Hide the Cookies?
"In "Did You Hide the Cookies?" Judith shows us what a deep well of compassion looks like and what is demanded of this compassion and love when you are a caregiver. She walks you through her personal minefield of helping someone with a disease that can't be pinned down, and can't be understood. Then she flips the coin and gets very realabout the toll this role takes on the caregiver, offering herself as her model. She beautifully and painfully captures the unseen anguish and exhaustion of a caregiver. You will learn from "Did You Hide the Cookies? and you will identify and be validated in your own experiences with memory diseases."
"My Love." This is how Judith identifies and talks about her partner who has Alzheimer's. I have heard that 'love' and remaining 'in love' is a conscious act. Judith reaffirms her love not only by calling her partner "My Love," but by invoking that relationship and that emotion even in the midst of the hardest events and feelings."
From the back cover. ~ Robby Henes, a daughter and a caregiver
Thank you to those who have written me beautiful notes about the book, to those who wrote reviews online or who gave star ratings, and to those who have encouraged others to read it. I am humbled by your kindness and most grateful for your support of caregivers.
"I have just finished reading Is There Any Ice Cream? and would recommend it to anyone, whether they are in a caregiver position at the moment or not. It has excellent information on the services available and the need to get involved as soon as possible in group activities. I must thank Judy for writing this book and sharing her experiences, as I know it could not have been an easy journey. The book is also an eye opener for everyone on the devastating effects of memory loss and illness. It is truly inspirational!"
Teri Nicholson Carruthers, Boating Buddy (and lover of beautiful flowers)
I am grateful for this book and the many stories shared by the author. She gives me perspectives on my own situation and ways of being a caregiver. We don't have to walk this path alone.
"Your book is a “must read” for all facing the care of a family member with age-related mental challenges! My husband still participates in his volunteer activities and the drugs seem to be helping, but your book helped me to realize that we need a PLAN. I’m not good with surprises."
"Essential Reading for All Caregivers. I read this book because I was interested in knowing the path that Judy's life had taken her since our days as high school classmates. I always knew that she had the qualities for being a 'best friend' (because she was!) but I had no idea she could express those same qualities--courage, knowledge, and humor--through her writing. If you are caring for someone with serious health issues, and you need someone who understands your ordealand how to survive it, get this book and keep it on your nightstand. You'll discover it's the best friend you could have."
Robert Conrow, Author & editor, high school friend of author.
"Judy, I have read and reread Is There Any Ice Cream? Very moving!! Your words impacted me because I have family members who have experienced this issue."
Larry L. Burda, caregiver and friendly support for caregivers
"I just wanted to say thank you. Your book..." Is There Any Ice Cream" was loaned to me during the last year (of 8) I cared for my Mom with Alzheimer's. I kept my promise to her by keeping her home..and your book kept me sane on many a difficult day. Just thought you should know just how much it helped a no one special caring for her Mom."
Anne Friskey Richter, Facebook reader comment
"This book offers an intimate view of the author's life as a caregiver: challenges, joys, and emotions. Shone's detailed recollections make you feel like you are there and with her in the moment, learning to accept what life throws our way with love and compassion. A thought provoking and enriching read."
"...I can relate to so many things you've gone through. For example, my wife sometimes doesn't believe I'm her husband and asks me when I'm going to leave. It helps me to know other people are experiencing the same thing...is comforting. I'm looking forward to reading your next book."
George Salter, Spouse Caregiver
"Finished your book at 5:00 AM this morning! It was so interesting. Thanks for sharing your journey. May God bless and give you strength to continue."
Kathryn, Judy's childhood babysitter
"As I read, I feel we are talking. I am asking questions that you are answering. I have a friend who also will benefit from reading about your life of caring. By
the way, the U.S. paperback I received is definitely a "large print" easy to read
book with better spacing than most large-print books."
From the cover ~Ruth A Hopkins, PhD, Adult Learning Specialist who believes "questions matter."
Is There Any Ice Cream?
" ...so stunningly beautiful. I was compelled to bump it ahead of the other books I'm currently reading. Can't wait to read the rest of your story in
Book Two. You are one strong resilient human..."
From the cover ~Genevieve Whitmire Burda, former Trustee with Western Carolina University
"I have read your first book "Is There Any Ice Cream?" and highly recommend it! I look forward to your second book "Did You Hide The Cookies?" I could relate to so much in the book! It took away some of the quilt I feel realizing others thought the same way. It also gave me great ideas for situations that may come in our future as we travel down this horrible road of dementia. Thank you for the book and this blog."
Eileen from blog acceptingthegiftofcaregiving.com
Other readers appreciate knowing what you discovered or how you felt after reading the book. Thank you. jas ❤
Original illustrations by ©Mitrushova used with permission
"...She puts her heart and soul on every page."
K. Long, caregiver, Alberta