For as long as I could remember, I wanted to write a book. Instead of journaling my feelings about my mother's illness, I decided to write poetry, hoping to help others going through the same thing.
For the past 15 years, I’ve been teaching Judaic and Hebrew studies to early learners and recently began an endeavor as an assistant Kindergarten teacher. I am trained as a Literacy Volunteer and teach ESL to adults through Literacy of New Jersey.
After my mother’s diagnosis of dementia, I needed a place to put my feelings while adjusting to her illness. Remember Me: An Alzheimer’s Journey Through Art and Poetry is a reminder that while Alzheimer's patients may not remember, they are not forgotten. I wanted her artwork and memories to live on and impact the way others deal with dementia.
It also represents my feelings that I hope my mother remembers me, at some level, and that I will be remembered for making an impact on my family and the lives of others.
Anyone going through the same journey may be afraid to talk about it. I want to be the voice for others and show that talking about Alzheimer’s is okay.