This is a story of a young U. S. Army Captain meeting a special lady upon his return from South Vietnam in 1971. The title of my book is: Life of a Caregiver, subtitled, my way to Save her Life. By Luke Taylor. In the Macro, the book is divided into three (3) sections: Section A outlines out meeting each other, our courtship, our marriage, our movements around the world, both overseas and stateside. Section B shows the discovery of the disease for real and what actions or no action that I took to help the situation. Why? I had long been in the largest river of the world…the “river of denial”, much to both of our detriments. It was not until the verbal test and MRI Scan were administered that reality hit me right in the face and things began to change. It is also in Section B. that I wanted to find an answer to this dreadful disease both natural and supernatural. The natural being the doctors and medications to slow the disease down and the supernatural is the divine healing by Jesus Christ of this disease. Section C. is only one chapter, Chapter 12, that depicts the grieving, the loneliness I was going through with my wife’s passing. Life was not good at that point in time but later in the second month of 2020, things turned around with meeting a Christian Lady and once again peace, joy and happiness returned to my life.
In the micro, the love story began on our first date when we shared together many things of the past particularly our failed first marriages. After a courtship of a year plus, we were joined together in matrimony on 24 November 1972. Harriet had one son, Eddie, that I adopted two years after our marriage in Arizona and he has been a blessing to both of our lives. After our marriage, we both had different career paths, hers the U.S. Army Civil Service and mine the U.S. Army. As we traveled the world in our assignments, we got to visit many countries in Europe, Africa and in Asia. There were many times we had to be apart, especially in West Germany, with training exercises. It was also in West Germany that our daughter, Misty was born, and we were so proud that God had given us a daughter with our son.
Upon return to the U. S., I was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, one of three tours, I had with the division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Harriet worked in Civil Service on post and our life was great now. Aside from being apart on training exercises, our first long separation came was when I attended Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. But once again after CGSC, I returned to Fort Bragg and we were together again which was good for Harriet and our two children.
Upon being selected for Battalion Command, I departed for Fort Campbell, Kentucky but this was a longer separation, two years, although we saw each other from time to time by flying home and Harriet visiting me at Campbell. After Campbell came the U.S Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Another back-to-back separation. Then one day, I said, I had enough and decided to leave the Active Army for good. Not long after retirement, I went to work at Civil Service, and I was home with Harriet most of the time. Then we moved to Florida and dabbled in real estate and was very successful. After Florida, it was Arizona and then later things turned bad with her Alzheimer’s and we returned to our home state to be near our daughter, Misty. Many times, we travel to different states to receive healing prayers along with our church and with prayer warriors. Her supernatural healing was not to be. Then one day it all came crushing ly on me and Harriet passed. Grief sat in but it was not too long after that that a new person came into my life. I am so thankful that God answered my prayers, along with hers, that someday we would find a new Christian Partner. We got married, even during a high point of COVID-19 but God was in our midst as we said our vows that beautiful day of 30 May 2020.
I sincerely hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed it writing about my wife, Harriet Elizabeth Adams Taylor. Buy it and tell your friends about it. It can really help someone who needs some facts, figures, and options on decision-making on caregiving.