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My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer's - A Mother and Daughter's Bittersweet Journey [Kindle Edition]

Lisa R. Hirsch
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Book Description

#1 Amazon Best Seller in Memoirs category (June 2013)
#7 Amazon Best Seller in Dementia (June 2013)
#3 Amazon's "Most Wished For" in Dementia Category(June 2013)

A Daughter’s Newfound Love

When Lisa Hirsch found out her mother, Ruth, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her love, appreciation, and caring for her mother was transformed. To Lisa’s surprise, it has brought her and Ruth closer together than they’ve ever been. My Mom My Hero tells the story of this mother-daughter relationship through a series of entries from Lisa’s internationally popular blog. Ultimately this is an uplifting and inspirational book for anyone who’s going through the difficult and often lonely ordeal of caring for a loved one who suffers from this devastating illness.

“My Mom My Hero is filled with love and a deep appreciation for the human spirit.”
—Laura Stein, best-selling author

“This book is a rare gift for anyone who reads it.”
—Holly Robinson, author of Sleeping Tigers and The Wishing Hill

“My Mom My Hero is a light of inspiration in a world that can be dark and frustrating.”
—Franz Wisner, New York Times best-selling author of Honeymoon With My Brother and How the World Makes Love

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About the Author

Lisa Hirsch is a popular blogger with a worldwide audience. She had a long, successful career in the fashion industry and had numerous articles published in the US, the UK, and Canada. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and has one loving son. Please visit her blog at

Product Details

  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615773982
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Logan Shawn Press (March 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but Emotionally Uplifting June 1, 2013
By Alyce
I just finished reading MY MOM MY HERO and I have to say it gave me the strength to "Step out of my Box" and really consider this disease. While we all know that it is devastating for the patient as well as the family, we tend to stop at that. What Ms. Hirsch brings to the surface is that it also forces family members (in this case a mother and daughter) to let down their guard and simply express the love they have always had for each other. Every reason why a mother and daughter at times lose tolerance for each other is suddenly incidental when Alzheimers strikes. Ms Hirsch is to be respected and admired for the way she admits this and is dealing with her mother's illness. It takes a great amount of courage to face it for what it is and work within it's framework. Bravo!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Every Daughter March 19, 2013
Ms. Hirsch explores and shares her ever changing relationship with her mother who has Alzheimers. I could not put the book down until it was finished. Every daughter can relate to the complicated yet loving relationship with their mother. Ms. Hirsch has the ability to make us laugh and cry at the same time through her touching and honest emotions. She manages to take a negative set of circumstances and turn it into something positive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Sincerity. October 26, 2013
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My Mom My Hero -Alzheimer's, A Mother and Daughter's Bittersweet Journey reads like a blog: not the kind of blog that keeps you up until 3am in the morning with kleenex and a cold cup of coffee, but the kind you drag through dutifully because you have become committed to hearing the story to its end. The book comes complete with several comments to each "blog post" included, and while some of these comments are additionally insightful, most are nothing more than back-patting and cheers to the author.

It's difficult to rate a book written honestly, and on such a sensitive topic as Alzheimer's, poorly. At first, I was endeared to Hirsch's forgiveness toward her mother and embrace of the present over relentlessly clinging to the past. And yet, while this theme continues, the book develops none of these notions: there is little exposition to explain to us what Hirsch's mother was like in her younger years, or even what the mother-daughter relationship had been like in contrast to the present day. Further, many chapters leave hanging developments in the "plot;" a chapter will end in concern on one issue, and then never return to that issue in a later chapter. Indeed, the entire book ends this way: abruptly, without any hint to how this story ends.

Many of the chapters return to the same themes over and over again: how proud Hirsch is of her mother's memories, how hurt she is when those memories are gone, how much she wishes she could live closer to her mother, how much she attempts to appreciate the moments she has before her mother's disease progresses further. There is no self-development of the author or in her subject throughout the text, however; it becomes a repetitive nod of the same routine. Even the pictures - which come with each chapter - become recycled.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Long distance contact is unrealistic October 22, 2013
By Chicory
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Frequent long distance telephone conversations to a mother with Alzheimer's does not reflect the daily emotional, social and medical needs of those that have this terrible illness. Ms. Hirsch writes about her reflections and feelings without consideration of her mother's feelings and needs. I was unable to finish this self-centered, self-concerned book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of The Alzheimer's Disease: Love May 7, 2013
This amazing and inspiring book talks about how a disease brought together and transformed her love, appreciation, and caring of Lisa, the author, for her mother, it is true that every daughter can relate to the complicated yet loving relationship with their mother, but it is also true that you can find your way through the struggles and joy of everyday, in Lisa's case, the Alzheimer's Disease with her Mom.
This book shows how we truly have the ability to find the joy in many small moments, as she did with her mom even at the distance, it also shows the joy of knowing the loved one has a feeling of being loved and cared for and how important is that. Lisa invites us all to acknowledge the pain, but also to look for laughter and meaning in the journey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected December 28, 2013
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This is not the type of book I expected....I was thinking it would a bio, this is a series of blogs ( with readers comments included, only I guess so the author can show us how wonderful and helpful she thinks she is, I`m pretty sure she would not include anything I have to say!) Although there are dates on each blog, they seem disjointed, really are just like journal notes, not even blogs. I was a caregiver for my elderly parents and it's rather annoying that she calls herself a caregiver when she lives in NY and mother lives in Florida....Wish I1d read the reviews before I bought this so-called book! Don`t waste your time, let alone your money on this!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving journey to a new-founf love May 1, 2013
By Diane
Alzheimer's is a cruel disease. It robs you of your memories and your life, and your family and friends of you. Insidious and relentless, it doesn't just make you forget where your keys are; it makes you forget what they're for. If you're lucky, you enjoy lucid times and can appreciate and enjoy those around you, and sometimes you can even forget how sick you are. But not always.

Lisa Hirsch has written a sweet journal culled from her blog ([...]) that brings to light the story of her mother Ruth's journey into Alzheimer's. The chapters, written as blog entries with accompanying comments from readers, show the progression of the disease through dark days and bright, good times and trying. Yet it also shows the equally powerful growth of a passionate love for her mother, with whom she has re-established a deep relationship that would be the envy of any mother and daughter.
This book, and the blog from which it grew, must bring great comfort and happiness to all who are touched by and interact with it. I am happy to say that there is a copy of "My Mom My Hero" in the Sparta (NJ) Library, but I think that this book will be a great gift to any caregiver. Thank you, Lisa, for a moving and lovely book! Now I have to go call my mom....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 19 days ago by Jane Amico
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I get it she loves her mother, tell us about the real story.
Published 1 month ago by Lois russell
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Read
This book was disappointing to me. I am very familiar with Alzheimer's Disease as a close family member had it. I didn't care for all the comments included as part of the content.
Published 2 months ago by Beroh
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender and riveting!
This book runs the gamut of emotions in telling the author's journey from childhood dislike towards her mother, to intense love that is reciprocated when her mother has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happyslapper
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mom My Hero
My Mom died about ten years ago and I miss her very much. She was always so active but at 80 was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For me this went fast . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wanda Keylon
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your story. This is such a difficult disease to deal with and you have handled it with love and grace.
Published 3 months ago by Yellowstonechic
4.0 out of 5 stars Real insight yo alzeimers
I liked how this book gave you Lisa feelings. I also like that it was written like a blog. I could have however done without all the comments at the end of each entry. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 4 months ago by Joseppe
3.0 out of 5 stars Moving Experience
This was a nice heart felt collections in a book for and the author's trials and tribulations in dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's. Read more
Published 5 months ago by movin-on66
3.0 out of 5 stars I haven't read it because many of my family and ...
I haven't read it because many of my family and friends suffer from Alzheimer's. I am a Hospice volunteer and see it so often and know what the families go through.
Published 5 months ago by Beverly B.
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More About the Author

Lisa R. Hirsch is a successful blogger with a worldwide audience. She spent the majority of her career in the fashion industry in creating and launching several different companies.Today she has had numerous articles published as well as writing for health care web sites and newsletters both in the United States,UK,and Canada. She has also been published in a women's inspirational book.She was a guest speaker at the School of Social Work at Columbia University in New York City.She resides in Manhattan with her husband and has one loving son. Her committment to her mom and Alzheimer's has passionately changed her life. Her first published book is My Mom My Hero, which is about a mother and daughter's bittersweet journey and how Lisa's love for her mother afer she became ill was transformed.

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