My grandmother whom I called Besta (short for Bestamor in Norwegian) was and always will be one of the dearest people in my life. Besta and I shared much, including a passion for reading inclusive of our love for Anne Of Green Gables. Our love of books, of reading as well of 'Anne' are now all passions shared by my own daughter whom I named for the scholarship which Anne won, Avery.
Besta was there always, to sew a dress, attend an assembly, event, play or performance be it mine or my daughters.
When I became the caregiver and legal guardian of my grandmother through her journey with Alzheimer's I set forth unaware the path would be equal in pain as reward. Also unknown at the time was that this journey with my grandmother would bring to me the gift of passion to be found in a career as I now work in Alzheimer's/Dementia care.
Not a day goes by I do not think of my grandmother. I was with her daily for years be it to meet for coffee or when the tides of our relationship shifted and it was my turn to provide care. Without her there is an absence in my heart.
No one would have been prouder of my accomplishments as a mom nor as a woman, and it is in her memory I dedicate my third book.
For Susan Anne (with an 'E' which she always added with a giggle), For Besta.
Michelle began writing in hopes of providing a fun yet informative manner in which to share allergy information. Her son Nolan since infancy has had eczema, asthma, multiple anaphylactic food allergies as well as multiple environmental allergies. Michelle's son also has autism, ADHD and a severe language delay. Michelle sees not disabilities but celebrates different abilities and sees the beauty found in thinking outside the box!
Jennifer Terry is a graphic designer/illustrator living in Denver, Colorado, USA. Her daughter, Lauren, is a middle school student, active in musical theatre, who also happens to have anaphylactic food allergies.
Inspired by Lauren Jennifer shares her whimsical art on the pages of these books, in an effort to help make learning about food allergies fun for children, parents, teachers and caregivers.