I am an IT project manager and software engineer by trade. I am a people helper by nature. I was the primary family caregiver for four years during my wife's battle with glioblastoma - stage 4 brain cancer. My first book is in progress. Called Suddenly a Caregiver, I share the story of Lynne's courage during her fight and the caregiving experience and the lessons learned along the journey. I hope that sharing this will help someone else with that responsibility should they face a similar situation.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Fresno, California. I spent a few years living on a small farm in the foothills about 30 miles from Fresno. We raised pigs, chickens, and cattle. At 14, my family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Except for the four years away while serving in the military, I have lived in the Phoenix metropolitan area for the last 38 years.
After leaving the military, I began working at Motorola. A portion of my duties in the military and Motorola included writing technical documents. Technical writing influenced my writing dramatically and carries over to my non-technical writing pursuits - for good or bad. Some people claim that I write with too much of technical overtone.
In 2004, I decided to return to school to complete my Bachelor's degree. That is where the volume of writing took a steep climb and I believe improved my writing ability because of the strong focus on research. Many professors commented that they enjoyed my writing style, which boosted my confidence.
When did you first start writing?
My first steady writing began while serving in the military during the 1980's. I served in a technical field, which required the writing of technical procedures and documents. That carried over into my civilian job at Motorola. I eventually transitioned into the software area, which required writing software requirements, design manuals, and user documentation.
After my wife succumbed to brain cancer, glioblastoma, friends and family encouraged me to write a book about our experience. In 2012, I was driven to begin drafting and designing the book. Most of the content was easily recalled because I took careful notes during her treatment and shared information with friends on a blog. The later parts of the book required research to ensure the facts and information was accurate and traceable to reliable sources.
Sharing a family's experience and lessons learned to help you through the unexpected responsibility of becoming a family caregiver. The lessons learned include advocacy, caregiver concerns, organizational helpers, grieving, and a variety of other topics while caring for my wife who was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme - a stage 4 brain cancer.