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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145280706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452807065
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Montgomery and her husband David Kent lived in Southern California with their three children until they moved to Oregon in 1984 to raise sheep and create an organic vegetable garden. Ms. Montgomery is a prolific poet with degrees in philosophy and psychology.

Customer Reviews

It is a love story to touch, and enrich lives.
L P Thomas
It is told in a conversational style that draws you in and makes you feel as though you know the author personally.
S. Dalton
Would recommend it for anyone dealing with a loved one that has Alzheimers.
Nina Pyles

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patti Yaeger on August 3, 2010
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FINALLY! IN PRINT! I CAN HOLD THIS IN MY HANDS AND READ THIS REMARKABLE JOURNAL OVER AND OVER. TURN TO FAVORITE PLACES AND EMBRACE THE BEAUTY, SHARE THE TEARS AND FRUSTRATION. FEEL THE FEAR.

THIS IS NOT A DOWNER! THIS IS A STORY ABOUT LOVE AND WITH LOVING THERE IS SOMETIMES STRUGGLE AND SOMETIMES THE STRUGGLE ALMOST DROWNS US. BUT NOT THESE TWO. LOVE SEES FIT TO WALK EACH FLOUNDERING STEP, HAND IN HAND AND HEART WITHIN HEART.

I HAVE READ THIS THREE TIMES AND EACH TIME I SEE A LITTLE DEEPER. THE AUTHOR GENTLY TAKES YOU BY THE HAND AND LEADS YOU ALONG HER JOURNEY AND THAT OF HER BELOVED DAVE. HER TEARS ARE YOUR TEARS AND HER LAUGHTER RINGS LOUDLY AND BLENDS WITH YOURS.

ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS IS ITS HONESTY.. ALZHEIMERS IS NOT A RESPECTER OF THE HUMAN SOUL. IT IS SELFISH AND CUNNING. IT IS A SNAKE WAITING FOR ITS NEXT MEAL AND IT IS ALWAYS HUNGRY.

YOU WILL LIE THIS BOOK DOWN GENTLY WHEN FINISHED AND YOU WILL HAVE MADE A NEW FRIEND AS YOU WALKED HER JOURNEY WITH HER AND HER BELOVED.

YOU WILL WANT TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS AND NOT JUST THOSE WALKING DOWN THIS TREACHEROUS PATH BUT ANY PATH INVOLVING ILLNESS. OR PERHAPS ANY PATH WHERE TRUE LOVE WALKS HAND IN HAND. AT SOME TIME IN OUR LIVES WE WILL ALL FACE AGING AND ITS CHALLENGES.

I AM SO BLESSED HAVING READ THIS.

PATTI ANNE YAEGER
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Gallo on October 12, 2010
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Few memoirs give the reader a sense of being inside the author's mind as this one does. She ponders the meaning of life as it slips away from her husband by slow degrees. She notes the changes in his behavior with growing alarm and finally accepts the diagnosis with heroic patience. Stories like this rarely include humor but the author's main ingredient is wit. She tells it like it is and makes you laugh at the same time. I would compare it to Molly Bloom's soliloquy at the end of 'Ulysses' for the humor and fascinating sidelights. Ms. Montgomery is an astute observer under enormous stress and yet she maintains a wise, even satirical point of view throughout this treasure of a story. Any woman would identify with her reactions to everyday events as her life is changed by a ravaging disease. I was reminded as I read this of my father's experience with a glioma that gradually stole his memory, his ability to speak and move. Some of the moments were oddly funny in my father's case. With Alzheimer's the patient loses perspective on activities that involve a series of moves, such as dressing so we have to laugh with the author when she describes his misadventures with assembling his outfit for the day. We also have to cry occasionally when she is so frustrated by his absurd maneuvers that she wants to be in another time zone. This book is a must read for health professionals and all others who just want to know what it's like to experience something we'd rather not know directly. Ms. Montgomery's wit is well worth the trip.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Dalton on October 13, 2010
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This poignant recounting of a wife's struggle as her husband is stolen away by Alzheimers Disease is a love story, an inspirational tale, and a self-help book all in one. It is told in a conversational style that draws you in and makes you feel as though you know the author personally. There is something so natural in how this memoir unfolds that you come to care deeply about both the wife and her husband, as if they are dear friends. The author's honesty is one of the key reasons the book speaks so directly to its readers - there's no glossing over of her negative emotions, her anger, hurt and pain. But her humanity shines through, and her courage in dealing with this devastating disease. A must-read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lopez on August 3, 2010
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I highly recommend this book. As with Alzheimer's itself, the prose is infused with sadness, breathtaking clarity, confusion, honesty, anger, and real human poetry.

The mellifluous prose is no doubt due to Ms. Montgomery being a poet, but never does the reader find the story anything but accessible, endearing and very often, wise.

An amazing read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jillian on August 4, 2010
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'Alzheimer Diary: A Wife's Journal' is a stunning look at the deteriorating effects of Alzheimer's disease as seen through the eyes of a wife.

Ms. Montgomery approaches her subject with pragmatic fragility. She has a rare talent: the ability to deliver thundering emotion in forthright phrasing. Her poetry is her truth--the varied emotions created by the slow loss of awareness, memory, reason, capacity in a man whose mind is as dear to the author as her own.

Ms. Montgomery battles anger, fear, loneliness, frustration, irritation, passion, and acute sadness in a personal journal that traces her emotions as they come. Like steel threads, her prose weaves through fact and philosophy, delivering a love story of naked, honest emotion that never says `Feel sorry for me.'

Journeying through the first years of their marriage and into the last, Ms. Montgomery says beautifully, exquisitely, frankly: `This is how it happened.'

'Alzheimer Diary: A Wife's Journal' is highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kat Nove on August 3, 2010
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Reading this memoir left me feeling like I did while sitting in front of a Monet at the Met in New York - emotionally stunned and grateful to be in the presence of true beauty. I laughed and cried along with Michelle as she allowed me into her world - from the time of the diagnosis to the bittersweet end. I highly recommend this memoir. You'll come away from it wanting to seize every moment of every day.
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