“My mom used to attach gold paper clips to mailings when she wanted the person receiving the package to feel special,” Kimberly Williams-Paisley says in a video she and her husband Brad both posted on Twitter. “And this paper clip has become a really important symbol for me, and I can’t wait to share it with you.”
I’m sure the gold paper clip will be just one glimpse into the lives of Paisley and her mother Linda, who suffers from primary progressive aphasia. According to the Mayo Clinic, the rare nervous system syndrome affects your ability to communicate, making it difficult to express thoughts and understand and find words.
Williams-Paisley’s new book, Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, is about how her mother was diagnosed at age 62 and how she and her family have been coping ever since. According to the book’s website, their journey involved educating themselves, letting go of the shame and secrecy, making mistakes and finding “unexpected humor and grace in the midst of suffering.”
The book is available now for preorder.