A Profile of author Doreen Cox (@DCoxAuthor)

I met Doreen (Dody) Cox via a mutual author friend, Lisette Brodey. Her kind and spirited nature made it easy for us to become friends, and we have crossed paths regularly over the past months on various platforms.

Dody is a strong advocate for indie writers, and I am more than happy to give space to such a generous author.

Dody recently relaunched her memoir called Adventures in Mother-Sitting. She wrote about it via a blog on Lisette’s site. Find out what her experience was as a full-time caregiver to her mother, coping with dementia.

I encourage you to connect to Dody. She’s a lovely woman to have in your social network.

adventures in mother-sitting

BUY LINK

Amazon

For a daughter, at age 61, being called “mommy” by her own mother was a heart-wrenching experience. This happened to the author during the course of a three-year adventure as the full-time caregiver to her mother, much loved yet caught up in a downward spiral of physical, mental, and developmentally regressed disabilities.

Each day is an adventure because when dementia is present, the typical actions involved with daily care habits become unpredictable. The experience is also termed an adventure because of the surprising twists and turns of emotion that arose in the author, compelling her to recognize and face deep-seated fears and unwanted emotional reactions when her performance was not in accord with the spiritual vision that she had of herself. Moments of comic relief would save the author from the depths of despair during pill-taking and messy hygienic episodes, and her mother’s nighttime delusions. The mantra that kept the author going was an echo of her mother’s life-long response to any calamitous event: you can do what you have to do.

ADVENTURES IN MOTHER-SITTING is not just a chronicle about the dementia-induced antics of an independent, spirited mother as she approaches the time of her death. The book is also about a daughter’s journey through an emotional rollercoaster passage of grief that gets intermixed with surprising sweet instances of joyful connections with not only her childlike mother but, also, her innermost self. Throughout the book, the author portrays the ways in which the physical and mental needs of an old-age mother and the emotional, spiritual needs of a caregiver daughter lovingly serve each other and how the dementia serves them both.

The memoir depicts not only the role changes that occur in the relationship between a caregiver daughter and her beloved mother but, also, the more compassionate relationship that the daughter gains with herself as she learns to walk more honestly and gently with her fears, worries, and shortcomings.

* * *

 Dody has also written a short story called A Sacred Journey.

a sacred journey

Escaping at night from her home into a nearby forest, Leah is expected by the animals that live there. Communicating via mind-speak, one animal with mystical powers and two others guide Leah to a sacred clearing wherein lies a magical moonstone. It is here that Leah will encounter someone from her past, a beloved whose presence initiates a sacred, everlasting ceremony.
Leah’s escape and trek is revealed in counterpoint to the experiences of four trackers who are continuously confounded by strange, unexplainable situations. Unbeknownst to them at the time, forest animals are creating subterfuge situations to thwart the trackers’ ability to find Leah and bring her home. When they find her at last, the trackers experience a life-changing event, one that bridges a gap between their beliefs about reality and their wonderings regarding the mysterious unknown.

A Sacred Journey is a short story that embodies four major themes that are central to my outlook on life: first, be willing to see everything and everyone around me with fresh eyes. Second, stay open-minded as to the element of mystery that exists in our world. Third, affirm the sacredness inherent in the time of dying—beyond specific religious views. These three themes are enfolded in threads of humor, the fourth theme.

flourish

Find Doreen (Dody) at all her virtual homes

doreen cox

WebsiteAmazon Author Page

Facebook | Twitter @DCoxAuthor

Born with a sense of wanderlust, Doreen (Dody) Cox had a somewhat convoluted career path, working in various business-related and mental health occupations. When dementia began to debilitate her mother, Dody resigned from her job as group counselor at an alternative school in order to take on an unforeseen endeavor: become her mother’s care bear. It was after her mother’s death that Dody’s path took another unexpected turn. She chose to honor her mother’s long-held wish: for her to write a book. ADVENTURES IN MOTHER-SITTING is Dody’s first publication, a memoir that emerged from the pages of her journal. Writing was a steadying outlet throughout the three years that dementia took her and her mother on an unpredictably tumultuous, yet heartwarming adventure.

Currently, Dody lives in her native Florida and works part-time, teaching a GED class comprised of multicultural adults in one of her favorite places: a library. She continues to write and has recently published A SACRED JOURNEY, a fictional story with themes relating to nature, spirituality, hope, and dignity in death.

   *
Advertisements

9 Comments

Filed under Author Promotions

9 responses to “A Profile of author Doreen Cox (@DCoxAuthor)

  1. Thank you, Eden, for offering to host a profile of my books. That in itself meant a lot. Your kind words and presentation give me such a refreshing feeling; the page is creatively lovely. It was wonderful to see your inclusion of my post on Lisette’s guest blog page. Lisette has been a stimulating mentor for me, playing such a pivotal role in the relaunch of ADVENTURES. I’m very grateful to her.
    I can’t help but think of how proud my mother would be, as she’d always wanted me to write. She was such an avid reader, especially mysteries, and would have been badgering me to finish STRANGER AT SUNSET so she could enjoy it. I look forward to reading the sequel.

    Like

    • Dody, It is my absolute pleasure to highlight you and your books. It’s always a thrill to meet someone as I did you, via an author like Lisette, whom I respect immensely.

      Life has a wonderful way of bringing together like-minded people. And I have NO doubt your mother would’ve been tickled with your writing and your success.

      xox
      eden

      Like

  2. Lisette Brodey

    Eden & Dody,

    You’re both making me blush! 🙂

    I just love seeing two of my treasured friends together on Eden’s website. Dody, I am so proud of you for relaunching ADVENTURES IN MOTHER-SITTING and giving it the care and tenderness that you gave to your exceptional mother. AIM is far from an ordinary book about caregiving. It is beautifully written. Your thought processes are insightful and eloquent. I believe you would have even exceeded your mother’s great expectations with this powerful, thought-provoking memoir.

    Eden, I agree with Dody. I can’t wait to read the sequel to STRANGER AT SUNSET. It’s a masterfully crafted book. I look forward to reading much more of your work. You’re a brilliant writer.

    xo xo
    Lisette

    Like

    • Lisette! Always great to have you here for a visit. Thank you for your kind introduction to Dody. She really is a treasure. In a world where more and more women become sandwiched between caring for their kids and their elderly parents, I’m sure Adventures in Mother-Sitting will provide some solace to those who are struggling.

      Thanks always for your continued support, dear friend,
      eden
      xox

      Like

    • Life is always so interesting because of the connections I’ve made with people along the way. Even before we connected, Lisette, you were a mentor to me. From the moment I began reading the first chapter of CROOKED MOON, a yearning to write as well as you set in. I’m immensely grateful for your friendship and support.

      Like

  3. Eden, thank you for profiling Doreen today.

    Dody, writing that must have been cathartic.

    Like

  4. Thank you, Eden. It’s so heartening to read about a child who gives back to a parent– gives love, support and most of all time. Dody is a remarkable woman and I’m happy to have met her here!

    Like

All comments are appreciated.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s