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By Kathy Hatfield
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About this project

At the ripe old age of 34, I was at the height of my career, I had no kids, and was as free as a bird.  I was having the decade of my life. 

Then suddenly my Mom passed away and we QUICKLY discovered that my Dad had Alzheimer's disease - and he needed a place to live.

I'm no accountant, but after visiting a few nursing homes, I calculated that if he used his entire life savings, my Dad could afford to live about 2.83 more years.  So under the guise of "staying with me for the weekend" he moved in with my fiance, David and me at our home in North Carolina.

Over the next seven years, Dad changed my life.  He made jokes about EVERYTHING.  He kept us in stitches most of the time and we always had a good time together. 

I began writing my caregiver blog (www.KnowItAlz.com) after my sister suggested that I put the stories into a book for other caregivers to enjoy.  When she suggested a book, I burst into laughter as I began to recite a LONG LIST of other things (like my job, night school, caring for our Dad, etc.) which left me no free time for book writing.

During all of the challenges I had faced in my life, humor had always seen me through, and this was no exception.  My sweet old Dad, with or without Alzheimer's, was HILARIOUS!

When my Dad died last year, I received hundreds of emails from longtime readers of the blog.  Many encouraged me to compile my funny stories into a book, so that caregivers could always have a laugh when they needed one.

So here we are!  I am approaching my 42nd birthday and I have some free time since I have completed school and am no longer a full time caregiver to my Dad.

I heard about a successful KickStarter project on the radio and felt that this was a great way to pay for the editing and publishing of the KnowItAlz caregiver book.  If I reach my goal, I will have over 100 free books to give away to caregivers in need of a laugh.

If you are not a caregiver, please consider giving one as a gift to someone who is.  BESIDES MORPHINE, LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy some laughs!

Below is a video of my Dad and me which aired on The Hallmark Channel in 2008.

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    Backers who GENEROUSLY give twenty five big ones earn an electronic version of the book as well as a hard back printed copy of the KnowItAlz book. Includes shipping and our thanks!

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    YOU are amazing! Fifty dollar backers get an electronic version plus a hard back copy of the book (includes shipping) AND a 100% cotton T-Shirt which reads: WHO CARES? on the front and: I DO! on the back. You also have our deepest gratitude.

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    What can I say? WOW! A hundred bucks gets you three copies of the KnowItAlz book (autographed and inscribed to whomever you choose) and three WHO CARES? T-Shirts. Our sincere appreciation and shipping are included!

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    HOLY COW! You are an AMAZINGLY GENEROUS backer! For your support, you will receive six (6) electronic copies of the book, six hard back copies of the book (autographed and inscribed to whomever you choose), six WHO CARES? T-Shirts (shipping included) and your name listed in the book. You are the wind beneath our wings!

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    For five hundred smackers, you will be one of our super duper awesome VIP backers! You will receive ten electronic and ten hard back copies of the KnowItAlz book (autographed and inscribed to whomever you choose) A dozen WHO CARES? T-Shirts, your name listed in the book, and a mention in the introduction. Without you, this book to help caregivers would not be possible! THANK YOU!

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