She thought she was indestructible until life took a sudden turn. She knows the stress long-term care as the main caregiver for her son-in-law who was afflicted with ALS.
But that was not her first encounter with death of a loved one. She knows the devastation of losing a spouse suddenly and the impact it makes on the entire family.
Listen to MaryLee's story and you will be inspired. Even more importantly, MaryLee will give you tips and coping skills to deal with these crises which can turn from a sprint into a marathon.
Marylee's novel Montpelier Tomorrow has won the Gold Medal for Drama from the Readers' Favorites International Book Awards. It was a Finalist for the Bellwether Prive, te Eric Hoffer Award and the Indie Next Generation Book Awards.
Her short stories have won the Barry Hannah Price, the Jeanne M. Leiby Chapbook Award, the American Literary Review Fiction Award, the Matt Clark Prize, the Ron Rash Award, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction and multiple awards in the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition.
Her website, Family Caregiver Support, is for anyone who has passed the ten-mile mark and can't yet see the finish line as they put their life on hold to care for a family member.
Her novel, based on true-life experiences, Montpelier Tomorrow, immerses readers in what it is like to be sleep-deprived for months on end and what it's like to care for a patient who isn't especially noble or grateful. She portrays a family under extreme stress of an ALS diagnosis.
Her latest book, Bonds Of Love and Blood, contains a dozen, prize-winning stories and continues the theme of what binds us together and drives us apart.
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