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The Lie — Caregivers and Coping with Alzheimer's

November is both National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers’ Month. To commemorate this occasion, every week we will be posting a poem by Frances H. Kakugawa, author of Mosaic Moon and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, titles aimed at helping caregivers and families cope with the stress of caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Frances views writing as a valuable tool for caregivers, a way to find release. "Writing requires no special tools, only a pen and your voice." It is a safe place for caregivers to express their innermost thoughts, even the feelings of anger or sadness that we may find shameful to reveal to others.

My hope for caregivers is that my poetry and the poems and stories of those who have contributed their work to my books, Mosaic Moon and Breaking the Silence, will give you comfort, help you feel you are not alone, and encourage you to join our voices in preserving the life that must go on during and after caregiving. Only then can we confront this thief that comes into our lives.

The following poem, "The Lie," appears in Mosaic Moon, along with more of Frances' work and contributions from members of her caregivers' writing workshop, led by Frances for the Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter.