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Birrell's 'Walking with Fay' set for Mother's Day release

February 27, 2022
Carolyn Birrell
In 2012, Carolyn (Testa) Birrell, Bonners Ferry, flew to Georgia to kidnap her mother. Fay had been living by herself since her husband’s death in 2000 and clung fiercely to her independence. She went to church on Sundays, paid her bills on time and volunteered at Vacation Bible School every summer.
But at 79 years old, she’d begun showing escalating signs of early-stage dementia, each one making it harder for her daughter to discount as a simple sign of aging.

After receiving calls from Fay’s local sheriff and the Department of Family Services, Carolyn took action. She quickly came to understand the meaning of the adage, “When we make plans the Universe laughs,” because hers required endless do-overs as she struggled to keep pace with her mother’s ever-progressing disease.

Now Carolyn is celebrating the publication of her debut memoir, "Walking With Fay – My Mother’s Uncharted Path into Dementia," published by Atmosphere Press and available on Mother's Day May 8, with pre-orders available online now or by calling Bonners Books at (208) 267-2622.

What began as a written collection chronicling her mother's difficult behaviors during dementia's earliest stages; force feeding stuffed animals vanilla pudding, burning her neighbor's mail, soon turned into a comprehensive and heartwarming story of a mother and her daughter as they navigate the twists and turns along the path to the inevitable end.

A heartwarming story of a mother and her daughter as they navigate the twists and turns along the path into dementia, Carolyn’s book is filled with genuine, relatable, and often hilarious stories of struggling to keep pace and always feeling one-step-behind as she lived through the painful reality of her mother’s slow and tortuous farewell.

“This book is for those who’ve found themselves grappling with the indecision and guilt that often comes with caring for a loved one with dementia," Carolyn said. "It’s meant to help them find solace as they deal with it realistically and with a heart at peace. My hope is that those struggling to keep pace like I once was will come away with helpful insights, a little encouragement and maybe even permission to embrace the conflicting feelings that often come with the monumental task of loving someone with dementia.”

Carolyn will host a launch party for "Walking With Fay – My Mother’s Uncharted Path into Dementia" at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, with a short reading, question and answer session and a book signing. Wine, beer and refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

"Walking With Fay – My Mother’s Uncharted Path into Dementia," is available through your favorite online retailer, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can learn more about author Carolyn Birrell on Facebook, Instagram or her website, www.carolynbirrell.com. She can be reached at (208) 290-7039 or by email, author@carolynbirrell.com.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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