A few weeks ago there was article about me in the Star and Tribune written by reporter Kevyn Burger. It was about the journey Barry and I are on with his frontotemporal dementia (FTD), our family and my work.
It was a wonderful article even though some of it touched on some pretty tough and embarrassing things, like my upcoming bankruptcy. I thought long and hard about whether to share this part with Kevyn, but decided that if I was going to tell the FTD story, this unfortunate element must be included. I am far from the only person with a loved one afflicted with FTD who has been left in horrible financial shape. I hope my story will help others in similar circumstances know they are not alone and learn from my experiences.
I am humbled by all the kindness of friends and even strangers since the article appeared. I sometimes wonder how I can get out of bed each day. I now know that I am able to carry on because of the prayers and positive thoughts coming our way from all of you.
Next week, I walk into Federal Bankruptcy Court and begin a new journey — starting all over. Two years ago, I went through the same process with Barry’s bankruptcy. I had to be sworn in back then to testify because we weren’t sure Barry with his dementia would be able to contribute adequately. But Barry was able to answer all the questions just fine. It wasn’t so bad, and it was over in a matter of minutes. Now it is my turn. This time it will just be my lawyer and me. I am on my own now and that is kind of scary to think about.
Throughout this journey, many of you have reached out to help. The kid literature crowd raised money for me and others have over-paid for doodles or books. Thank you so much! Since the newspaper article, many more people have asked how they can help. One way to help is to purchase books for the little ones in your life from a local independent bookstore!
You could also come to my show Doodles: A Five-Year Journey that opens on Friday, Dec. 5, at Gallery 122 at Hang It. I will be selling five years of doodles, original art and books with a percentage of the sales going to support FTD research and outreach. I would love to see you there to say thank you for all the support you have given to me and Barry – on both of our journeys.
After the show? Well, I will continue to put one foot in front of the other as I head into rebuilding my credit – and, of course, doing doodles every day and producing more books. I’ve discovered that daily doodling is pretty good therapy!
Again, thank you. I hope to see you on Dec. 5.
For more information on the opening and show go to http://www.hangitinc.com/art_shows.html