Official Blog of Author Courtney Rice Gager (aka me). Written from my office (which just so happens to be a comfy chair in the corner of my kid's playroom). Mostly literary musings, with the occasional "guess how many cookies I had for breakfast" confession. Because we're all friends here.
reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular
dementia has attacked Dad, and instead of carefree retirees, we have become
caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the
purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this
seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet
again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he
was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be
the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.
Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and
spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency,
mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues
weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an
inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering
becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an
entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.
About Linda Brendle
15 years as a family caregiver, Linda began writing to encourage, inspire and
amuse other caregivers. She loves to travel and since retiring has traveled
mostly by motorcycle and RV. She and her husband live in a small East Texas
town where she gardens, writes and attends church.