MaryLee MacDonald is an award-winning author, writing coach with a Master's in English/Creative Writing, and a caregiver advocate.
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.
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.