The first proof arrived in a UPS truck. It feels like a book, is heavy like a book, looks like a booka real book–a cover, spine, back cover, ink on paper together making pages.

It’s an actual physical book with my title, The Gene Guillotine; An Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Memoir, on the front and my words on the inside.

I flip to a page and begin reading, the story, the chapters, the memories are all familiar, but on real paper, bound together in this new foreign form. It is the oddest sensation, like it is no longer mine. After many years it is finally a physical reality, existing outside of me, outside of my computer.

When I finally stop staring in awe, I will smell the pages, feel the cover, break the spine searching for errors in hopes of perfecting this creation.

Thank you for your amazing support.


  1. Congratulations, Katie!!! I’m very thrilled for you. I imagine it’s kind of like seeing one’s first child actually on the “outside.” Can’t wait to read it.
    Love, Wendy

  2. Tamie Cluck says:

    Kate, I am so proud of you. Your hard work, dedication, and commitment to something that has touched you deeply has paid off. Congratulations Kate!

  3. Craig Craddock says:

    So happy to hear this news, Kate. Your reaction to having and holding your book sounds like a new mom’s response to her newborn baby. How long until the UPS truck brings you a big box of the finished work?

    • Kate Preskenis says:

      Thanks Craig,
      It sounds like it will be a couple months of perfecting the book before it is officially finished. Thanks!

  4. Anne (Emory) Declerck says:

    Congrats Kate!

  5. Sheila Noonan says:

    Congrats Kate. I can’t wait to read your book. I have read several books of the spouses and yours would be a totally different perspective. I can’t wait.

    • Kate Preskenis says:

      Thanks Sheila, You are so strong to be able to read about Alzheimer’s. I appreciate your big heart and support.

  6. Kathleen G Farrell says:

    Hi Kate!
    I cannot tell you how much you have helped me through my experience with my best friend. I am so looking forward to your book. You write so elegantly and with so much emotion, and I know your book will help so many others!


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