About

Our Purpose

We are AlzAuthors. In some way, each of us who have come together on this site have been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia. We share our experiences to bring knowledge, comfort, and understanding to others on this journey.

Our books were written with a common goal: To make a difference!

We hope our words might offer support while making the pathway of others traveling this road a little less painful and lonely.

May one of THE books ON THIS SITE speak to your experience.


How it all began

AlzAuthors was founded in 2016 by four daughters of dementia who met over the internet because of their books, and formed a friendship and a mission to create a space where caregivers can find solid support, and those who share their stories can find the proper audience. These four founders were Jean Lee, Vicki Tapia, Shannon Wiersbitzky and Marianne Sciucco.


Who is behind AlzAuthors today

Our team of five active individuals currently manage AlzAuthors:

Jean Lee
Jean Lee

Jean Lee’s parents were both diagnosed on the same day with Alzheimer’s Disease. She worked full time as an elementary teacher while experiencing the heartbreak, confusion, and exhaustion common to all caregivers. Through her memoir, Alzheimer’s Daughter, readers travel a journey beginning with a WWII romance, through aging and first suspicions to finally her parents’ last breaths. “I wrote the book I needed to read while caregiving for my parents,” she says.

Vicki Tapia
Vicki Tapia

After teaching somewhere around 10,000 mother/baby pairs the art of breastfeeding, Vicki Tapia, lactation consultant, found her energies redirected to the other end of life, after both parents were diagnosed with dementia. A diary written to help her cope with caregiving morphed into Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia, published in 2014 by Praeclarus Press. This memoir was a finalist in the 2015 High Plains Book Awards.

Marianne Sciucco

Marianne Sciucco is a registered nurse who cared for hundreds of dementia patients over a 20-year career and recently became the long distance caregiver to a loved one diagnosed with three types of dementia. 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.

Kathryn Harrison
Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison joined our team earlier this year. She was compelled to create a children’s book about dementia, Weeds in Nana’s Garden, following her mother’s passing from Frontal Temporal dementia in 2010. During her family’s journey with the disease, she noticed how much involving her two young children added value to the experience so decided to create an engaging picture book that would facilitate reaching many children. As an illustrator, designer and marketer, she now happily brings her creative ideas to the AlzAuthors blog.

Ann Campanella

Ann Campanella, an avid horsewoman and former magazine and newspaper editor, is the newest member of our team. Her memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found, was written after her mother developed Alzheimer’s at the same time Ann was trying to become a parent and experiencing infertility. Now, the grateful mother of a teenager, she enjoys spending time with her family, sharing her love of horses with her daughter, writing, blogging and making connections with others on the caregiving journey.

 

We are AlzAuthors: Writing. Sharing. Inspiring. Caring.

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14 thoughts on “About

  1. Wonderful! I’m keenly interested in all of your books. I have already downloaded Jean’s book and will be checking out the others as well. I have recently published a book about my mom’s Alzheimer’s experience in her nursing home. It’s my goal, like yours, to give comfort and hope to others making a similar journey. Best wishes to all!

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  2. Hi Jean, that’s very nice of you! It’s called, “Fran’s Song: My Mother’s Triumph over Alzheimer’s” and is available on Amazon Kindle. Kind regards, Ron

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  3. I’m delighted that Tanya Ward Goodman introduced me to this page. She’s an excellent writer.

    If you are open to including another book, I hope you will consider You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. The Amazon link is https://www.amazon.com/You-Want-Me-Do-What/dp/1606962973/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=41XvHwzgvTL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR114%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=4M9VE1Y2QGW0JKH6NK83.

    My mother, who inspired the book, had undiagnosed Alzheimer’s. Thanks for considering it.

    B. Lynn Goodwin
    Writer Advice Managing Editor, http://www.writeradvice.com
    Author of YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers & Author of TALENT
    blynngoodwin.com

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  4. What a fantastic site! This is exactly what I would have wanted during the years I was caring for my mother. I was insatiable and couldn’t read enough. I so needed to read how other people survived and even thrived in such a difficult and heartbreaking situation. I, too, wrote my memoir with the idea of sharing my story so that others would have an emotional path to follow. Thank you so much for providing this wealth of wonderful Alzheimer’s literature!

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  5. I’m thrilled to have found this site via Cathie Borrie’s recommendation. As caregiver for my parents, both with dementia and Alzheimer’s, I can testify that it’s a lonely life (going on year three now). Writing about it keeps me sane, and I’m hoping to make new friends here. Thanks for creating this community, and please feel free to visit my own “raw” perspective at http://unforgettable.live.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, this is Jean Lee, author of Alzheimer’s Daughter, responding to you. Thank you for your kind words. I’ve checked out your powerful blog. Sounds like our journeys are very similar. I hope you find comfort through any of the books on our bookstore page https://alzauthors.wordpress.com/bookstore/. Both of my parents were diagnosed on the same day at age 86. They declined for nearly a decade before they passed. I was working full time as an elementary school teacher, and trying to manage their health, safety and care. Reading books in which others were willing to share their experiences with the disease kept me sane. When I read other similar situations, I thought, if they survived, so will I. Please stay in touch. Are you on Twitter? I’m @JeanLee18. You can also follow AlzAuthors blog through @AlzAuthors on Twitter. Blessings to you. You will remain in my thoughts because we have walked the same path.

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      1. Hi Jean Lee, so nice to e-meet you! Support is invaluable, and reading about other’s challenges helps enormously. My twitter handle is @lorriebeauchamp. Just found and followed you. I’ll also check out the bookstore page; thanks so much!

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