My book is about the past ten years of my life. I volunteered my time, with the Red Cross and went to New York City after 9/11 giving first aid to the rescue and recovery workers. I spent 6 1/2 weeks at Ground Zero.
Since that time, life goes on and I have had my share of experiences, to include becoming a caregiver for my spouse who has received two devastating diagnosis'. Gary is a retired military officer (almost 34 years of military service). He received the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease in 2006 and in 2009 received the diagnosis of stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma. We are thankful to report the he remains in remission after a lengthy round of chemotherapy. I became involved in supporting his care. We joined a support group for Parkinson's and I found a clinical trial for him early on. When the cancer knocked on our door we immediately found another clinical trial at the NIH. WE both became proactive.
I now sit on the board for Well Spouse Association. My goals are to encourage spousal caregivers to remain healthy when taking care of their loved ones. I am actively involved in National Parkinson's Foundation and have been interviewed by their staff. This link is my interview: http://www.parkinson.org/NationalParkinsonFoundation/files/3b/3b7a2811-18e2-437c-9f0f-4b3587bc7d4f.pdf
I have been a speaker ever since my returning back from New York after 9/11. Now that my book is available, the speaking engagements have increased.
Please review my website as it offers more information to include pictures and events in my life (one event was the honor I had of meeting the President of the United States and have him mention me in his world wide speech).