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Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy Paperback – July 13, 2011
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Marley's story looks back over three decades of her relationship with a remarkable, eccentric and always charming Romanian professor. Before dementia disrupted his life and hers, he had been a rock of support and endlessly knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. Accepting his loss of abilities and the loss of their former relationship was a long process. Marley vividly describes her denial, anxiety and guilt, being honest about how painful it was while also managing to use humor and a positive attitude to get through the difficult days. The book is delightful and inspirational, revealing ways to relate in spite of the inevitable cognitive decline. It will be helpful to many others facing similar challenges, giving suggestions on coping while assuring us that love can endure despite the obstacles inherent in Alzheimer's disease. I found "Come Back Early Today" to be honest, realistic, and engrossing from the first page to the last.
The parts about taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer's were so helpful. I wish I had understood all those things 10 years ago when I took care of my mom! We wouldn't have argued so much all the time. I had always wanted her to know what was really happening. I wish now I had just enjoyed being with her wherever and whenever she was. The part that affected me the most was when Marie's mom died (not from Alzheimer's). I cried and cried. I guess since it was her mom it reminded me of my mom.
I just loved all the little stories and the wonderful people. Marie was delightful and inspiring. And the people in her stories are so real and interesting! When reading about the violinist playing for Ed, I could hear the music and see Ed wanting to dance !
Mostly I laughed a lot. I laughed when Ed did and said funny things, especially in his Romanian accent. For example, when he asked the drug store clerk if he had any "hang-overs". Ed is just so cute! I wish I had met him. The way Marie and Ed loved each other was amazing!!
While this book obviously didn't offer an "answer" to Alzheimer's, it did provide practical tips on creating a better experience for Alzheimer's patients. Finally! Something I could do. The book also offered me insight into emotions others experience when watching a loved one's cognitive decline. Those insights left me feeling a little less alone, a little less guilty, and just a little bit hopeful that there are still ways to connect with my Mother.
I've always planned to be the caregiver for my parents, whenever that time comes, whether it be that they need the help because of age and frailty, or because one/both may acquire a chronic disease. But I've never really thought much about what that entails and how I really need to be prepared for how my parents will change and how my role as the caregiver could be very stressful for me.
Come Back Early Today is truly a love story, but also an inspirational guide for caregivers that everyone should read!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a fellow caregiver I have found this book well written, solid and enlightening. Dr. Marley has done a great service to the Alzheimer community and to other caregivers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Williams
My dad had and now my wife has Alzheimers disease. So sad to lose people you love to this disease.Published 2 months ago by Clinton J. Knight
Great story told from the caregiver's perspective. At first I thought it wasn't going to be helpful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MJ Dickens
A wonderful love story. A story of how love evolved even in the midst of pain and loss. Love made all the difference.Published 6 months ago by B.Words
Started out a little slow, but then I couldn't put it down.Published 6 months ago by Nancy L Huxford
The label "caregiver" is something that a person earns after long, tedious, dedicated hours of GIVING CARE to someone who is ill. In no way does Ms. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer