First of all, before I get into details about myself, I want to take the time to honor caregivers everywhere and to give thanks to them for having the heart to step up and serve and to show love. Secondly, I want to say thanks for taking the time to check out this site and to even notice this course.
My name is Curtis L Walker,and this book is a labor of my love. I am not a professional writer, but I am passionate about all life, and especially human life. This writing project was conceived out of my personal journal that I kept as I engaged in personal caregiving for my sister. By profession, I spent the last 30 years in the information technology field as well as in the military. I spent a lot of hours with my head buried in the keyboard and screen developing tools and providing support for distribution of electron information. However, with me doing that for so long, I had come to the realization that I was very detached from how people felt and was not that empathetic toward what they were facing in life.
By divine order, I was blessed with a rare opportunity to care for my sister. A service, that I initially hated, but a series of events that allowed for me to grow in strength and love. Because I was out of my element, the challenge was to seek out tools and skills to get better at mastering the task before me. I gleaned that from my IT Career, however, with the personal element, I severely applied myself at learning compassion, empathy and humility.
This care I gave to my dear sister, as y ou will read in the book was no easy task. But it took me on a journey that allowed me to meet some remarkable people and gain some valuable skills that enabled me to not only care for my sisters needs but to love her at a higher capacity.
From my military experience, I learned to fight and be relentless. By the time, I finished this book, my sister’s mind, and body had lost its battle with Dementia, but, that just made me or determined to fight to find a cure. It made me very compassionate to others that are engaged in the struggle, and I will stay in the fight to aid and sure up the hearts, minds and spirits of other caregivers, and I will fight till there are better treatments and cures made available.
I pray you find something in this book that our hearts can connect on, and you can identify. May you be blessed by this experience and realize that you are not alone. We stand together and hold each other up.
I will leave you with one of my favorite phrases, which is based on the condition we sometimes find ourselves viewing this world. We can either accept what we see or do something about it. But if we want to make a lasting change we have to decide to:
Leave this place better than we found it.
Curtis L Walker