They say every author is inspired to write by their own experiences, and for Dundalk writer Susan McGovern this is especially true.
Having just launched her first collection of short stories, entitled ‘Thanks for the Memories’ last week, Susan revealed that it was the very emotional, and at times painful subject of Alzheimer’s that informed the collection.
Both Susan’s parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her mam in 2010, and just three years later her father also.
April 1975. The entire community of the leafy Dublin suburb, Dun Laoghaire, is shocked and baffled at the sudden disappearance of eighteen-year-old Lucinda Gray, a quiet unassuming girl who has always blended into the background. What could have happened in a seemingly uneventful life to make her vanish, as if into thin air? What happened in the days, months and years after her disappearance?
This is a tale, spanning two countries and eleven years, telling of the courage and determination of a young girl making the most of the challenging cards life has dealt her, and the strength and resilience of her loved ones in dealing with the devastation of her loss.
Are you a cat lover? Has your cat ever suffered from urinary problems? Painful urination, blood in the urine, squatting for ages and not able to produce any urine, being utterly miserable – these are symptoms that are very difficult to watch your cat endure. My cat, Trig, had all these symptoms, so I developed a programme to help her. It consisted of a treatment, using of three dietary substances which cleared up all of the above symptoms and a dietary programme which prevented them returning.
If you want to help your cat, buy this book.