Connie Ruben Releases ‘The Stages of Grace’

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New book examines challenges, joys of being caregiver for family members with Alzheimer’s disease.

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'The Stages of Grace' captures the emotions, the expected and unexpected issues, the painful times as well as the humorous and loving moments that Grace Ruben and author Connie Ruben have shared as a result of Alzheimer’s disease

There was a time when author Connie Ruben was at the airport and a crying lady sat down beside her. The lady’s father had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and she was terrified as to what steps to take. She was really scared and Connie spent the next couple of hours talking to the lady about her own experiences with her mother-in-law, Grace. It was at that moment that she decided to write a book on her experience in order to provide real-life help to people like that airport lady. “The Stages of Grace” (published by Xlibris) examines the challenges and joys of being the primary caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease beginning with the initial warning signs and ending with late stages of the disease.

This book focuses on the practical and emotional challenges of Connie Ruben and explores how she has made peace with the disease and evolved her relationship with Grace since the diagnosis in 2003. Through Connie’s experience as a family caregiver, it encourages readers to accept, rather than resist, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in order to discover the joys that can be found in living with the disease. It also encourages readers to forgive themselves when they fail to balance the needs of themselves, the patients and other family members.

“The Stages of Grace” captures the emotions, the expected and unexpected issues, the painful times as well as the humorous and loving moments that Grace Ruben and author Connie Ruben have shared as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. The author hopes this book will appeal to a broad readership because it is a story about learning to balance personal, familial and professional needs. It also serves as a resource material for people who are caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

“The Stages of Grace”
By Connie Ruben; Kate O’Neill
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781499053463
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781499053470
E-Book | 148 pages | ISBN 9781499053456
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Connie Ruben is an entrepreneur with well developed management skills. She has run several large companies. She also has an intimate knowledge of the challenges and joys of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kate O’Neill has a Masters degree in English from McMaster University and a PhD in English from the University of Calgary. She has been teaching literature courses at the college and university level since 2009 and has written a number of articles and chapters for presentation and publication. She is an active creative writer and believes strongly in the role of literature in alleviating personal and social trauma.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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