Poem: Comfort

The pain of tonight
He’s finally resting.
He’s not hurting
That is all that matters
In this life of mine.

The struggles of the past
Been there, died there.
Nothing compares
To the love of today
Wanting, wanting to protect.

How do I comfort?
Same question I’ve asked
Not too long ago,
How do I stop their pain?
My arms don’t sustain.

God, help me comfort
And, give them their strength.
The power of you
Comforts the power of them.
Shine, let them feel your light.

Frustrated, scared, and
Asking for a miracle.
Do you hear me?
My Lord and savior
Listen…Listen to my cries.

All I want is all
That I will ever feel,
Comfort for
My loved ones, and
Comfort for their fears.

Deborah Ann Tornillo
Author, “36 Days Apart”
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Deborah Tornillo

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DEBORAH ANN TORNILLO was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas by her loving and nurturing parents. She attended the University of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she studied Art. After marrying, raising two daughters and enjoying life with her family, Deborah joined a higher calling by committing to be the primary caregiver for her parents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in February 2006. In her new collection of memoirs, 36 Days Apart: A memoir of a daughter, her parents and the Beast named – Alzheimer’s: A story of Life, Love and Death, Deborah chronicles the time spent taking care of her mother and father. 36 Days Apart recounts this painful, enlightening journey, and Tornillo writes candidly about the struggles and fears she faced as her parents’ caregiver. As their disease progressed, Tornillo was faced with the difficult task of learning how to be a parent to her own parents. Through the year and a half of caring for them she extensively researched Alzheimer’s in order to provide the best care possible, all the while knowing that the disease would eventually win in the end. 36 Days Apart gives an honest, unflinching look at the realities of caring for and losing loved ones to Alzheimer’s. Tornillo gives the reader an inside look into the day-to-day life she faced during her heartbreaking, difficult time.

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