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This journal began as a way to keep friends and family informed about our location and progress on our three-month trip around the USA in 2016.  As the trip progressed I began revealing more of what we were dealing with as parts of George's brain disappeared.   I debated in the journal about how open to be about the symptoms and what we were feeling.  Followers, friends, family, and even those who we met along the way encouraged me to tell all.

"It will be so helpful to others who have loved ones with dementia," they said.

When we arrived home from our trip I was encouraged to continue writing about our experiences.  So I did, and the second half of our journey turned into a love story.  Yes, love between George and I, but also the wonderful outpouring of love and support of friends, family, and community around us.  

Our story is now two books.  The first book launched in March of 2019.  The second book is due out soon.  Be sure to click the join button to be notified of the progress of the next book in the Trippin' series!



In the meantime I will continue to post about life happenings and travel and insights.  I hope you enjoy the journey.



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