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
...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...
Genevieve Whitmire Burda, former Trustee with Western Carolina University
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.
Ruth A Hopkins, PhD, Adult Learning Specialist who believes "questions matter."
I cherish these kind words. Thank you.
"...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
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 most grateful for your support of caregivers and humbled by your kindness. judy
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.
This book offers an intimate view of the author's life as a caregiver: the challenges, joys, and emotions. Shone's detailed recollections make you feel like you are there with her in the moment, learning to accept what life throws our way with love and compassion. A thought provoking and enriching read.
"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."
"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."
Anonymous (Eileen) from blog acceptingthegiftofcaregiving.com
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
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