Hello to everyone, my name is Kathy. I'm not exactly new to this forum, but I thought it time to introduce myself. Jim is my husband and Evie is my niece. I have been reading on here for several weeks, and it's as if I know many people already. I'm not much of a computer person, but I may want to write here on occasion, and I finally figured out how to sign up for an account, all by myself! A little bit about me then - I am a retired MSW. I worked with troubled youth in a residential setting for 25 years. Prior to that I was an officer in the military where I met my husband. I have four grown sons, five grandchildren, an 18 year old nephew who my husband and I adopted, and my 23 year old niece who for all intents and purposes we have adopted as well. I'm a breast cancer survivor, in remission since 1993. I'm an active member of Al-Anon and the Catholic Women's League. My life is quite plain really, I love my children, I like to garden, cook and bake and spend time with my family. I must admit, I was rather conceited and thought being an MSW and previously working with young people with trauma, I would already know how to help. But I have had a rude awakening in that regard. Being a professional doesn't really prepare one for dealing with a family member with this illness. Therefore, I am delighted this forum exists. Thank you.