New novel talks about dementia and family despair

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-— Contributing through narrative and charity, the new novel Brought To Our Senses plucks on heartstrings as it explores the repercussions of strained family relationships. In the story, Elizabeth Miller discovers that dementia is a family affair and learns when all is lost, family begs to be found in a saga as memorable as Still Alice and as poignant as We Are Not Ourselves.

For each copy sold, author Kathleen H. Wheeler will donate to organizations that support dementia patients, family caregivers, and research to find a cure. Upcoming book release fundraisers will benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders atSouthern Illinois University School of Medicine, together serving all 102 Illinois counties.

The author draws from personal experience growing up in central Illinois as a child of divorce and Alzheimer’s disease. She credits her mother and the music of her favorite singer-songwriter as inspiration.

Sharing the despair

“Mom taught me about the devastation of dementia, so I want to accurately share the despair and insight of that struggle using a substitute soundtrack to add emotional depth, like in a movie,” says Wheeler. “In addition to raising awareness and offering hope, I feel it’s important to give back to others affected by dementia. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a metropolis to care for someone with Alzheimer’s.”

Kirkus Reviews praises the novel as “A profound analysis of complicated family dynamics that should appeal to caregivers seeking inspiration and solace in their own lives … Wheeler’s gripping novel is ambitious …”

“Most families have deep-seated issues, and more than half are dysfunctional,” notes Wheeler. “I wanted to show a real family, one shattered by divorce and a painful upbringing, called to put aside differences because of a mother’s decline.”

Brought To Our Senses (Attunement Publishing, November 1, 2016, ISBN 978996555531, paperback, $16) will strike a chord with family caregivers, adult children of aging parents, families in conflict, and people who appreciate the power of music. Learn more about Brought To Our Senses, preview a free chapter, read praise, check the author’s event schedule, subscribe to the newsletter, and preorder before release on November 1, 2016 for the bonus offer at

About the Author
Kathleen H. Wheeler writes stories that sing because she cannot. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has wordsmithed as a marketing communications professional for ad agencies and corporations since Nike first coined the slogan “Just Do It.” Wheeler is a music enthusiast and lifelong fan of a British musician known by a one-syllable nickname. Along with her husband and two children, she calls the Land of Lincoln home. – PRNewswire

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