Born in 1938 and raised in Fort Kent, Maine, a small town in Northern Maine, Elizabeth Martin is the mother of five daughters, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She now resides in Winslow, Maine, and works for Day’s Jewelers as a marketing description writer on their website.
Her memoir was written as a result of living with alzheimer’s for over ten years with her husband, Roland. They grew up together, married at ages 18 and 20, and went on to operate an aviation business for 30 years. Roland was a pilot and logged over 25,000 flight hours during his career. He was still active in aviation when he was diagnosed with alzheimer’s at age 63, thus ending his career and the beginning of his journey with alzheimer’s. As a form of therapy, Martin kept a journal during the ten years where she was able to share her feelings by writing about her experiences of this horrible disease.
After Roland passed away in 2010, she decided that Alzheimer’s caregivers and their families would benefit by reading this memoir and reassure them that someone else had experienced what they were going through. She watched her husband of 54 years transition from a highly respected businessman and loving father to a helpless child who depended on his wife for his most basic needs. The notion that life goes on in spite of the deepest and most demanding emotional challenges will ring true for all who have, like Martin, taken the journey with no end.