About

In the mid to late 1990’s, I worked as a freelance writer for a local newspaper in suburban Chicago. I covered everything from cloning & measuring the risk of heart disease to my “Day in the Life” series where I spent the day at local businesses ranging from a veterinarian to a bakery (that was an early wake-up call.)

A few years later, I started working for Legacy.com (online obituaries.) I assisted customers in navigating the site and at times, offered support during a highly emotional time. I remained there for many years until my husband and I made the decision to move to Florida. Most of our family is here including my mother, who in recent years, has needed more assistance.

That move sparked a writing resurgence. I started writing about the every day questions and situations that come with an aging parent. I wrote every day. I felt like Forrest Gump in his running stage.

Then, I realized I could share it. There are a lot of us out there; adult children who are frustrated, concerned and second-guessing themselves. When do you take away the car keys? The checkbook? When do you make the call to move into assisted living?

Leaving The Door Open officially launched April 29, 2019 with a hybrid of personal stories on how we’ve solved issues, how readers have solved issues and other links and information. (For an explanation on the blog name click here.)

And just as the blog was attracting more attention and readers, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was like being hit by a freight train. Life sure has a sharp edge. Needing to write about it, I created a page focused on that journey: https://leavingthedooropen.com/my-cancer-page/

I welcome you to dig in by category (at both the header and footer of the home page) or go through the archives.

Feel free to contact me directly at shareastory@leavingthedooropen.com

Twitter: @storiesonaging

Melanie M. Stewart ©

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