In our Season Three Premiere (wow!!), Episode 43, Don and I talked with the force that is Marianne Sciucco -a registered nurse who's cared for hundreds of dementia patients over a 20-year career. Her novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s Love Story, is based on a couple she met through her work and is a testament to the power of love in the face of this heart wrenching disease. Marianne’s tender work of fiction brings consolation and understanding to all who encounter Alzheimer’s.
Ironically, two years after her novel’s publication, she started living her own story when her stepfather was diagnosed with mixed dementia: frontotemporal lobe, vascular, and Alzheimer’s. As his Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney, she became his medical, legal, and financial representative. At the same time, she became the same to her mother, who was suffering from heart failure and dementia caregiver PTSD.
With her novel in place, it eventually morphed into her current project which is Alzauthors, a global community of over 300 writers who are writing about all dementia from their personal experience. She also launched her own podcast “Untangling Alzheimer’s and Dementia: An AlzAuthors Podcast”
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