This is the first-hand account of loving and living with Alzheimer’s. It shares the shock, disbelief, anger, pain, joy, humor, grief and finally letting go. It is the story of trusting in God and living in the moment while being grateful for every day. Bob and Fran found much joy and peace while watching the robins in their backyard. Yes it is the story of a terrible disease striking too many families; but more than that it is a love story.
“Bob and Fran’s story will touch your heart, it will make you cry and make you laugh but even more it will give you hope.” Dr. Scott Black-Johnston, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian, New York, NY, USA
"This book is a must read for all who seek to find guidance, compassion, and comfort in the face of Alzheimer’s. Fran’s writing is real, raw, honest and inspiring, and seeks to bring dignity to those who fight this horrible disease, as well as wisdom and hope to those who walk with them." The Rev. Holly Hoppe, Co-Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Pflugerville, Texas
Fran Tilton Shelton
Fran is the matriarch of her blended family of four children and their spouses and five grand children. She's got courage to take deep finesses in duplicate bridge, stamina to be a member of four book clubs and a spirit for life that sparks contagious laughter.
Fran is one of the founders of Faith & Grief Ministries, a non-profit that provides communities, congregations and on-line bereavement resources. She facilitates bereavement workshops and spiritual retreats; preaches and teaches in congregations and at conferences.
For twenty years she served PC(USA) congregations in Texas, primarily in pastoral care. She is an Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary graduate (MDiv 1993 and DMin 2007).