Pick your jaw up from the floor, Denise, and cue Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah!
While I’ve had the honor of meeting numerous neurologists along my journey, this particular invitation was the beginning of a wonderful liaison with Andrew E. Budson, MD.
Dr. Budson is a rare gem, not only having an spectacular list of neurology accolades and credentials, but also a warm, gentle nature that kindly welcomes people without agenda or judgment.
Upon our first greeting at Starbucks that cold October morning, he had already finished my novel. Although nervous, my main priority was to make this novel the best it could be; otherwise, why bother? I was hungry for any suggestions to make the work count. Truth be told, my first edition was exceedingly far from where I desired it to be for readers, and a fresh perspective from one so accomplished was critical. He tapped into my inspirations for writing the novel, asked which parts were fact or fiction (always fun!), and promoted a massive vortex of more thought-provoking author questions to dissect moving forward. Dr. Budson humbly reminded me to keep learning, both as an author and educator.
I did my homework long before October, viewing the uber impressive curriculum vitae hiding on his website. In addition to being a fine neurologist, Dr. Budson is an author, speaker, and has reviewed publications for over 40 journals! What is most inspiring is his accessibility, however. He is attentive not only to the sharing of pertinent research in his field, but also in providing everyday people with resources to assist further understanding of dementia (Alzheimer’s and related disorders) and care. He is committed to helping from every facet, whether fellow colleagues, students, patients, or caregivers.
This work is an easy, comprehensible read that provides real-life examples for how to manage memory loss. [*Formats available in hardback, paperback, and e-book - click link above for purchase.]
Dr. Budson’s co-authored several books for clinicians as well, which you can read about here.
So, what of Dr. Budson’s foreword?
It’s all in the second edition of my novel, coming out this summer. Stay tuned! … pun intended.