Exciting News

Bumpy Road to Assisted LivingMy first book has just been published! This day has been in the making for over 2 years. After sending out about 150 query letters to traditional publishers, I finally decided to bite the bullet and self-publish, as many of my friends have done. I fought it for a long time, but I thought if it was going to be published in my lifetime, I’d better get real and take matters into my own hands and my checking account.

Self-publishing has been a great learning experience. For instance, I was able to have the cover designed to my liking, and the photographs selected by my daughter, Kara. Proofreading was much more of a project than I had expected, as 4 people were in on it, and the manuscript was read and reread many times, not only by my editor, but also by me and by Kara. If you go with a traditional publisher, you lose a lot of control, and you still have to market your own book. Here’s a synopsis:

Making the decision to move an elderly parent into assisted living against her will has myriad challenges. Like many adult children who want to respect their parents’ wishes, I didn’t take action until it was crucial. But unlike most adult children, I had to deal with this crisis as an only child who is totally blind. The logistics alone were only the start of my uphill struggle with this task.

For the last two years of her life, I learned many lessons about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and she learned to accept the difficulties of being 98 and living in an assisted living community.

In “The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living, A Daughter’s Memoir,” I describe not only the move, her adjustment to a foreign way of life, and the emotional trauma for both of us, but also some advice and comfort for others experiencing this inevitable change.

What makes my story unique is that I tell it with blindness always in the background. You will find some touching moments, some troubling, and some relative to your own life.

This is a memoir woven through my observations of who my mother was and who I am.

If you’d like to check it out, go to

dldbooks.com/maryhiland/

or you can find it on Amazon.

And thanks in advance if you decide to buy it.

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