Author Sharleen Scott is here today to tell us about her new release, Tangles, about the effects of Alzheimer’s on a family. Since one of my beloved family members was recently diagnosed with the awful disease, I’m happy to share her news.
A Reason to Hope?
I recently attended the “Reason to Hope” breakfast, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association in my hometown. My family lost a loved one to this disease, but the name of the event intrigued me, and I went in search of a reason to hope.
The presentations were as expected. Videos of victims’ families relayed familiar pleas: this disease is fatal and a cure must be found. Families, activists, and Association volunteers told their stories of how this disease is personal to them, and that their goal is to someday have at least one survivor.
As I listened, I realized the reason to hope is in the research. The Alzheimer’s Association has a program called TrialMatch which provides access to promising clinical studies being conducted across the country. Alzheimer’s patients today are getting involved in these vital studies to help find a cure for this devastating disease.
Research has also brought hope to families where early-onset Alzheimer’s is almost a certainty. Treatments are being tested on family members who test positive for the disease before symptoms even begin.
There are caregiver support groups to help those experiencing a heavy physical, emotional, and financial toll. Information gives caregivers hope.
What I’m doing to help
I’m forming a walk group, Team Tangles, and am participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 19 in Yakima, Washington. I encourage you to join the fight either by joining a walk team (mine, if you are in the northwest) or donating to a team member. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ALZWalkTeamTangles.
Together, we can make a difference.
While faced with the challenge of his mother’s escalating Alzheimer’s disease, Logan McKinnon discovers secret journals that leave him questioning everything he knows about his family. With no one left to ask, Logan must find a man mentioned in the journals to discover a truth he may not want to know.
Amazon Kindle and Paperback: http://amzn.com/0991589041
Romantic-suspense author Sharleen Scott is taking a brief detour from her CAUGHT series with the release of Tangles, a novel dedicated to her mother-in-law who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. Sharleen lives in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Brett, two college kids, and two spoiled cats.
Find her online at www.sharleenscott.com.