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Author Cora Darrah announces the launch of her new Dementia book HERE WE GO JOE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Durham, North Carolina  7/27/15

Author Cora Darrah announces the launch of her new book HERE WE GO JOE – How one family created a final home for a father with love, honor, and dignity.

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Not only is Cora Darrah launching her book on Amazon she is making it available for $0.99 cents. When asked, “Why,” she replies, “I know there are many families who are going through what our family went through and I want them to have my book as a resource; so for a limited time people around the globe can get my book for just $0.99 cents.”

 

“This book is about my Father -in-Law Joe and our journey with his dementia diagnosis. We’ve learned a lot on our journey, not only from our research but first hand in taking care of Joe. This book is our story and can help families who are struggling. Cora, goes on to share, “People with Alzheimer’s and dementia can be moody and demanding, they quickly forget everything you tell them and many times are very frustrated because they feel like a stranger in their own home.”

With 5.4 Million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the USA it is the 6th leading cause of death according to ALZ.org. One out of three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and two thirds of sufferers are women.  “It’s a growing number of people that are being diagnosed because we are living longer,” says Cora. Another interesting fact to note is that in 2014, friends and family of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at $217.7 billion.

Cora has been active on social media http://www.m3newmedia.net/author-cora-darrah-announces-launch-dementia-book/ connecting with Alzheimer’s and Dementia support groups on Facebook and other platforms, building relationships, establishing quality connections and becoming a resource with her speaking, interviews and Website leading up to the launch of her book. Her book will be available on Amazon Tuesday, July 28th for a limited number of days at just $0.99 cents.

About Cora Darrah

Cora has been a special educator for over thirty years and has worked in a variety of settings from kindergarten through higher education. She has a passion for the child with a disability and the innate ability to discover how to best reach their learning potential. She has a master’s degree to work with children with learning disabilities and has earned her National Boards. She has recently retired from working in public schools and is now using her skills to assess children and develop educational plans for children that are homeschooled. Recently, with the development of her book, Cora spends more time interacting with individuals that have Alzheimer’s or dementia with the hopes that her skills as a special educator can help develop plans that may help ease the stress of this condition.

She is a first time author. Here We Go Joe is being published by The Cheerful Word in Hendersonville North Carolina. Cora is planning to publish several more books in the near future.

My Unmarked Road

Writing the book, Here We Go Joe has given me an opportunity to push past my fears and walk down an unmarked road. Even the obstacles, challenges, and detours this road has laid out before me have been worth traveling.

A time of rediscovering, digging deeper into my inner soul. Allowing life to take on a brand new dimension. Before retirement I was enclosed inside four walls of a classroom. Now, I am free to discover who I am through God’s grace and mercy.

Of all the discoveries that have been made, the people I have met and befriended make the journey worthwhile. They are like gifts from heaven. Marked to travel the road with me.

My excitement grows every day at the prospect of others reading my story and finding their own within the pages of the book. Dementia can be such a lonely place for the caregivers. These unsung heroes rarely receive acknowledgement for the sacrifices made on a daily basis.

Hopefully, my personal experience will allow others dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s to know that they are not alone. And if they could just look intently into their own journey, the people that are marked to travel with them will be exposed like a treasure in a rough.

Conversations on the Porch

Conversations on the porch. A place where the people gather to talk and sing their troubles away. A time of huddling together in the last days of life. Songs that were familiar in distant childhoods are sung without regard to harmony or pitch. No one here would have chosen this destination and several still fight it. But most have become resigned to the knowledge that this is their last “home” before meeting their Maker.

A phone call reminds us of this reality. A father who one day doesn’t know where he is to one who wants to go back to his home. A place that contained all of his memories, hopes, and dreams. The guilt surges up into our beings. Were we wrong to bring him here and to the conversations on the porch? Just last week we sat on the porch and watched him laugh and sing the songs of his youth. But today the phone call haunts us.

Irritation of where he is and the desire to return to his home causes an eruption of anger towards us. Desperation can be heard in his voice as he pleads with us to take him away. Harsh words are spoken and then all this is heard is the click of the phone and an agonizing silence. Tears are welling up and a hopeless feeling invades us. So many unanswered questions filling our minds and no sign of resolution in sight.

But then as if the load is too much to carry, the phone rings again and a resigned voice fills the silence. A shallow apology is given that opens up dialogue between a father and a son. Words that are never spoken flow forth like water splashing through a winding creek bed. And then as if he knew that it would come to this, the father assures the son that he is okay and will now return to the conversations on the porch.