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My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer's - A Mother and Daughter's Bittersweet Journey Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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My husband bought this book for me when my mom was diagnosed with dementia. I cant begin to explain how this book helped me and continues to help. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tim Jenkins
I am glad I read this book as it gave me insight into the life of someone with this disease. I wasn't that interested in reading what her followers wrote because that was not my... Read morePublished 16 days ago by b dowd
ourselves. The author told us how her mother changed from one day to another and how she herself coped with those changes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charlotte R. Mitchell
I get it she loves her mother, tell us about the real story.Published 10 months ago by Lois russell
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 11 months ago by Beroh
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 morePublished 11 months ago by Happyslapper
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 morePublished 11 months ago by Wanda Keylon
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