Learning How to Walk Again: Barbara’s Story

By Barbara Leonhard | Featured Contributor [Part 1 – Hope Was Not a Loss: A Story About Measles Encephalitis] My experience with measles encephalitis taught me a great deal. The greatest realization was that I could change my destiny. I had every reason to remain in the wheelchair because of the attention, sympathy, and love that not… Continue Reading →

Grief: Healing Through Poetry

By Barbara Leonhard, Featured Contributor [Part 2 – Alzheimer’s: Grieving the Loss of My Mother] I processed grief over Mom’s struggle with Alzheimer’s through poetry writing. The fact that caregivers—such as myself and many other poets—can relieve grief through poetry supports my belief that poetry is both the memoir of and the medicine for the soul…. Continue Reading →

Alzheimer’s: Grieving the Loss of My Mother

By Barbara Leonhard, Featured Contributor [Part 1 – Fire & Ice: The Faces of Grief] As a way to examine grief and loss, I will share my story of the loss of my mother to Alzheimer’s, one of the most devastating forms of dementia. What is Alzheimer’s? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease is a dementia… Continue Reading →

Fire & Ice: The Faces of Grief

By Barbara Leonhard, Featured Contributor Robert Frost once wrote: Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Online, one can find many poets who sing… Continue Reading →

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