I put my heart in a box
Placed it high on a shelf
Where it will be safe with
Loving memories of you.

When I’m filled with sorrow
I’ll peek inside the box
Feel my grieving heart and
Remember joy with you.

When I’m filled with anger
I’ll peek inside the box
Feel my heart hurting and
Remember happiness with you.

When I’m filled with fear
I’ll peek inside the box
Feel my lonely heart and
Remember feeling safe with you.

It will be safe on the shelf
In a beautifully carved box
My heart beating strongly
For the day I will be with you.

Deborah Ann Tornillo
Author, 36 Days Apart
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Deborah Tornillo

Deborah 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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