And she said that she hopes her book -- as well as the direction of her new life -- will inspire others to better understand the lives of those who have experienced memory loss.
"Memory is very important, but it's not all of you," she said. "All of us have something to offer, and it isn't always the things we can remember."
To find out more about Beki Propst, visit her Web site at www.absentmemories.com.
Gerard Middleton and Lara Salahi contributed to this report.