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Q&A with Lynda Simmons Author of Island Girl: What would you do if you found out you had Alzheimers?

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On Monday, January 3rd at 2pm EST, Susan Baida, Co-Founder of eCareDiary will interview Lynda Simmons, Author of Island Girl.

What Would You Do If You Were Told You Had Alzheimer's? Author Lynda Simmons poses this question in her new novel, Island Girl, in the emotionally riveting story of a 55 year old mother, Ruby Donaldson, fighting to reunite her family as she struggles with the diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer’s. Facing the terrible reality of her illness, Ruby refuses to let the disease control her future. But before she can take any final action, she must find a way to convince her elder daughter Liz to grow up and come home; to take her place as head of the family thereby securing the future of their home on the Island, and ensuring that Liz’s younger sister, Grace, will be cared for in the only place that is safe for her. 100 million people have been touched by Alzheimer’s and 35 million are worried about it; we all know at least one family that’s been affected by this disease. A question also raised is that if a mother, or anyone for that matter, has been unkind to their child or family, does that forgive them a lifetime of sins just because they’re sick? Does illness somehow grant them instant immunity, a moral get-out-of-jail-free card?

Simmons is a writer by day, college instructor by night and a late sleeper on weekends. She grew up in Toronto reading Greek mythology, bringing home stray cats and making up stories about bodies in the basement. From an early age, her family knew she would either end up as a writer or the old lady with a hundred cats. As luck would have it, she married a man with allergies so writing it was.

Susan Baida and John Mills invite their listeners to visit their website, a central, no-cost portal for all things aging. Visit the blog, products page, legal docs, etc. at the eCareDiary website http://www.eCareDiary.com