Today is the day! My new book When Only Love Remains: Surviving My Mom's Battle with Early Onset Alzheimer's is available on Amazon! I bared my heart and soul in this book. I didn't hold anything back. I wrote it in just six weeks. The words poured out of me. It was an emotional, but … Continue reading My New Book Is Available Now On Amazon!
Big Announcement About My New Book!
As you all know, I have been working really hard on my second book for about the last six months. I am beyond excited to announce that my new book “When Only Love Remains: Surviving My Mom’s Battle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s” will be released on Sunday, July 11th! It will be available on Amazon … Continue reading Big Announcement About My New Book!
As most of you know, I moved away from my parents for my husband’s job about a year ago. The past year has been quite an adjustment for me, as I was used to seeing my mom a few times a week and now I only see her a few times a year. It has … Continue reading Feeling Helpless
Two Parallel Lives
This morning I went for a nice four-mile run. I changed my route a little bit, as I’m still having fun exploring the different areas around my new home. I ran around a large pond that I’ve driven by several times, but had yet to run in that direction. I saw several sandhill cranes and … Continue reading Two Parallel Lives
Keep Showing Up
I had the best Facetime call with my mom yesterday afternoon. It was an absolute gift. But, it didn’t start out that way. My dad is supposed to have in-home coverage on the weekends, but that has been a real crapshoot, especially recently. You can read my blog post The Problem with Home Health Care … Continue reading Keep Showing Up
Alzheimer’s Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Breathless. Sweaty. My feet hitting the pavement as the miles tick by. One mile, two miles, three, and then four. I keep going. My hips hurt. My legs hurt. My everything hurts. I resist the urge to look down at my watch. “How many miles do I have left? How fast am I going? I … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Ending the Stigma of Alzheimer’s and Mental Illness
When my mom first started exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s disease, I was often embarrassed and ashamed of her behavior. She would say or do things that seemed bizarre to other people. Even though in the back of my mind I knew there had to be something wrong with her, I was still embarrassed by many … Continue reading Ending the Stigma of Alzheimer’s and Mental Illness
My Book’s First Year in Review
When I first sat down and started writing my book, I don’t think I ever actually thought that it would be published. I felt stupid, really, telling people that I was writing a book and I imagined them laughing at the thought. I mean, who did I think I was? There was no way that … Continue reading My Book’s First Year in Review
“Learning to Weather the Storm: A Story of Life, Love, and Alzheimer’s”
From the AlzAuthors Blog: Meet Lauren Dykovitz, author of "Learning to Weather the Storm: A Story of Life, Love, and Alzheimer's" By: Lauren Dykovitz When I was just 25 years old, my whole world was turned upside down. My mom, who was 62 at the time, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. I remember … Continue reading “Learning to Weather the Storm: A Story of Life, Love, and Alzheimer’s”