… experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.
― Randy Pausch
About the Author
JUDITH ALLEN SHONE
“I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.“
Charles de Lint
Three years after retiring, Judith Allen Shone unexpectedly became a sole caregiver for her loved one with unanticipated illnesses, a role that lasted well over eight years. Her story reveals reflective moments from the unforeseen emotional chaos that materialized while she cared for her loved one with COPD, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, cancer, and anxiety, with occasional mysteries arising.
Drawing from her caregiving experiences, Shone lovingly shares the value of having lifeline friends, of being social, of finding support, underscored by repeating the importance of finding a local Alzheimer Society office, confirming her belief that no one should have to walk their path afraid or alone. Using her creative ingenuity, as well as an initiative born out of a need to share experiences with others, she was compelled to share the stories of their journey.
Her first publication, the memoir-style series, Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, begins with Is There Any Ice Cream? The second book in the series, Did You Hide the Cookies? recounts stories of emotional periods during the later stages of her love’s memory loss and illnesses.
Shone graduated with a BA in Art from Colorado State University in 1965. Before being a caregiver, this former website designer, writer and art teacher spent over forty-two years in sales, advertising and marketing for exhibit firms and for the corporate world in the US and Canada. She has two grown children, two grandchildren and currently lives with her love (and loving memory of their little dog) in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.