Author Takes on Alzheimer's"
MID TOWN NEWS, Chicago, Illinois, July 2001
for an ailing parent who has lost their grip on reality
is a stressful, heart wrenching experience that can wear
down the strongest of individuals. Turning that painful
experience into a positive and compassionate guide to help
others in need takes a courageous individual. That individual
is Sande Donahue.
"It's much easier in the long run to tap into
the power of the pain and turn it into something meaningful"
can look at it as an ordeal or a burden. You can drown yourself
in anger and dig yourself into a ditch of negativity,"
Donahue said. "But it is so much easier to tap into
the power of the pain and confusion and turn it into something
result of Donahue's redirection of pain is a book called
"Fading Angel, A Chronicle of Love." The book
chronicles her foray into the world of care giving when
her mother developed Alzheimer's 15 year ago. Donahue discusses
topics ranging from detecting the onset of the disease to
financial and legal aid. Important information such as handling
victim's mental confusion and depression is also included.
However, the most important thing, she says, is to develop
a plan of action.
I have attempted to do is to give people an insight on how
to make the journey a little easier, not only for yourself,
but for the individual who is suffering. In my book I have
given a basic outline for people to use," Donahue said.
"Mapping out a plan will take you from chaos to order
and from fear to understanding."
realized the need for the book after turning to doctors,
friends and family members for support and guidance. While
she understood the biological and psychological effects
the disease had on it's victims, she discovered that people
were either afraid to discuss Alzheimer's, or were unable
to provide information on handling the day-to-day care of
her mother. Even more shocking, she says, was the lack of
concern for the victim. She says it is common for people
to ignore the need to discuss the disease with the person
afflicted - that people often assign the role of the victim
times people don't want to talk about it because they're
in denial themselves. Even doctors who can easily discuss
the ramifications of Cancer and Parkinson's don't want to
discuss the disease with the patient," Donahue said.
"You need to take yourself out of the equation and
let them know that you will be there. These people know
something is wrong. They need validation that whatever they
do, it will be okay."
Donahue is busy promoting her book on radio stations, television,
and bookstores across the nation. You can get a copy of
her book by logging onto her website at http://www.fadingangel.com
or by calling 1.800.247.6553 to order a copy, or at your
local book store.
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