She Used Dark Humor to Cope with Alzheimer’s

She Used Dark Humor to Cope with Alzheimer’s

Dayna SteeleWhen her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, noted author, speaker, and broadcast personality Dayna Steele began posting messages on Facebook detailing the alarming, if not shocking, struggles she and her family were experiencing on a daily basis. Three years of these online posts, along with selected comments she received from others, have been crafted into an accessible narrative in her new book Surviving Alzheimer’s With Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine. With biting humor and raw emotion, Steele hopes to provide other caregivers a manual to navigate the disease.

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“When Mom was diagnosed, I posted it on Facebook because I couldn’t bear the thought of saying ‘Mom has Alzheimer’s’ over and over again,” Steele says. “Then, after seeing how many replies and comments I received, I started to share a bit more. It turned into a support system for me, and that turned into a support system and a community for literally thousands of people.”

In addition to Steele’s personal account, as told through these Facebook posts, the book also contains practical information relevant to anyone who has a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s. After consulting experts in a variety of fields for her own mother’s journey (neurology, assisted living, long-term care, required documents, insurance, and elder law), Steele compiled, and now shares, a wealth of resources designed to help navigate this challenge.

“We were simply not equipped nor prepared for what was coming,” recalls Steele, a mother of three sons herself. “I’m amazed at how many things I didn’t know. Not only what’s going to happen to the patient, but what’s going to happen to the family. Nobody talks about those things.”

“This book isn’t intended to make you feel sorry for my Mom, my family, or for me. It is to give you permission to live, and laugh, and love, and cry, and throw things no matter where you are in your journey with Alzheimer’s,” Steele explains. “If you have to experience Alzheimer’s – and chances are you will – I say do it with love, laughter, and wine.”

Fran Gilmore Nicholson passed away on October 17, 2015. In the coming months, her daughter Dayna will tell her story, which became the story of many, to audiences of all sizes across the country. Her goal is to help other families now stunned by Alzheimer’s disease in their search for answers, information, and support.

Refreshingly honest and laced with dark humor, Surviving Alzheimer’s stands as a testament to personal strength and resiliency in the face of extraordinary and unexpected circumstances. This is Steele’s seventh book and it is available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon and at select retail locations.

Surviving Alzheimer’s With Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine

About Dayna Steele

Dayna Steele is the creator and CEO of She is the author of Rock to the Top: What I Learned about Success from the World’s Greatest Rock Stars, the creator of the 101 Ways to Rock Your World book series, a Rock Radio Hall of Famer, and a successful entrepreneur. Dayna is currently traveling the country as the Chief Caring Expert for A professional business speaker, Dayna is also a regular contributor to Fox News Houston and consults Fortune 500 companies on leadership and employee success. She is married to author and former NASA pilot Dr. Charles Justiz. Her mother, Fran Nicholson, was her biggest fan.

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