Springfield’s Own Magazine interview with author Kathleen H. Wheeler
Thanks to Springfield’s Own Magazine for the fantastic interview just published in their September/October 2017 medical issue! A special thanks to creative director Will Norris for his interest in my novel, writer Whitney Barnes for digging into the details, and photographer Immanuel Ahiable for taking some great shots. Following is a link to the article for those of you who are interested. If you have any questions after reading, fire away here in the comments! Continue reading →
Vono Medical Supplies now carries Brought To Our Senses: A Novel
Vono Medical Supplies in Springfield, IL is where you need to go for home medical equipment. They carry all the medical products caregivers need to keep loved ones comfortable and cared for at home. And now you can pick up a copy of Brought To Our Senses there too! Look for the novel at the cash registers or on the front table with other educational reading materials. Caregivers will find inspiration in the family drama about four troubled siblings brought together by their mother’s health crisis.
If you’re shopping in the Springfield, Illinois area, you’ll now find Brought To Our Senses at The Blue Door! The Blue Door is an artist gallery located at 3259 West Iles. Stop by this amazing showcase of creativity to get your art fix with unique and handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and fine art. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or home decor, you need look no further than The Blue Door. While you’re there, pick up a copy of the family saga novel Brought To Our Senses too!
Walk to end Alzheimer’s? Heck, I’d skip, somersault, cartwheel, dance the jig, or sprint if it would help more to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease! I’ve signed up and plan to participate once again in the Walk To End Alzheimer’s in Springfield, Illinois. It’s a fantastic event to raise awareness of the disease, fundraise for research and support, and the walk is a great opportunity to meet others in your community who have been affected by this mind-robbing disease. Every little bit helps, and I’m looking forward to doing my part for our local Walk To End Alzheimer’s on September 22. I better start practicing that jig, just in case!
I’ve finished reading all the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers now and really enjoyed this book, and not just because my story “Changing My Expectations” is included either! Here are a few interesting facts I’ve discovered:
101 stories are included from family caregivers dealing with a wide variety of illnesses and health problems of loved ones
12 stories deal with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease
3 stories are written by authors from Springfield, Illinois
12 stories focusing on dementia out of 101 total is a pretty high concentration on one singular disease. This makes perfect sense to me, however, knowing the devastating and enduring nature of dementia; people naturally want to share their most difficult experiences and what they learned from it, and for that reason I can see how dementia would generate an overabundance of material. I am honored that my story was included along with the others to communicate the struggles and insight gained as a dementia caregiver.
I just found out that one of my stories will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding, and I’m pretty excited about it! The book will be released in March and include my story titled “Changing My Expectations.” I was just as thrilled to learn that another writer from my hometown of Springfield, Illinois named Jean Ferratier will also be featured in this same book with her story “Dry Her Tears.” What a coincidence that out of 101 stories, 2 of them are from writers living in the same city, especially a small city such as ours. Jean is also the person who encouraged me to submit a story for this book, so I’m grateful to her and happy we are both contributors.
The 16th Annual Memory Loss Conference takes place on November 7-8, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois, and I just registered to attend for the first time this year. I’m looking forward to this as an educational opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia from local authorities on the subject as well as nationally recognized experts. The first day of the conference is geared towards the general public, including persons with memory loss, family members, caregivers and others interested in issues related to memory loss. While I previously fell into both the family members and caregivers categories while my mother suffered through Alzheimer’s, now I’m simply categorized as others interested in issues related to memory loss.
I’m particularly interested in the following two sessions from the six offered on the first day of the conference:
Alzheimer’s disease has claimed the life of a special citizen of Springfield, Illinois with the passing of Brenton Coffey recently. Mr. Coffey was well-known and loved because he was a blind street musician playing his accordion and later whistling in downtown Springfield since the 1950’s. I worked downtown for many years and recall him as a pleasant and permanent fixture performing on the Old State Capitol Plaza for donations with a sign reading “Today may something beautiful happen to you. God Bless.” He was a gentle soul sharing his love of music. When he disappeared from the downtown scene sometime around 2006, I did not know what happened until an article on his death appeared this week in the local newspaper. Continue reading →