What others have shared in response to my writings and events.
Andrew Martin has done a beautiful job of sharing his story of struggle and survival in caring for Gil, his partner who died of AIDS. His description of rituals and ceremonies and his recitation of “remembrance” is clearly articulated through this work. This is a story of hope—taking an unplanned event and turning it into a life’s work of great meaning and promise.
For anyone who has every wrestled with the question of whether it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, Andrew Martin’s memoir shouts a resounding, Yes!
Reflections of a Loving Partner: Caregiving at the End of Life is a valuable reflection for health care providers of the intense experience of illness and what loving caregivers live in their 24-hour a day job of care at home. For anyone who has or is now living the role of family caregiver, reading this book will give you solace in sharing this experience that is hard to describe, both in the burdens as well as the joys of serving another.
Andrew is an author and educator. His first creative nonfiction memoir, Reflections of a Loving Partner: Caregiving at the End of Life was awarded a Gold Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. After a lifetime in New England, he now enjoys living in Austin, TX and working on his next memoir.
Dr. Martin’s nursing career began in hospice and palliative care and then transitioned to HIV/AIDS care. He has taught as both face-to-face and online adjunct faculty for various colleges since 2008; and he joined Regis College in 2017 as Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program Online. He maintains one clinical day each week at AIDS Services of Austin, Inc. in Austin, TX, in the role as RN Consultant, supporting HIV infected individuals in HIV medication adherence and retention in HIV primary care.
Dr. Martin maintains specialty certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®), AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN), and Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) and serves on the HIV/AIDS National Certification Board (HANCB). He is also a peer reviewer for the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.