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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Live Consciously Publishing (November 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955465613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955465611
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I wish Searching for Cecy could somehow be mandatory reading for all carepartners. It is impossible not to feel the salty Maine waves blow across your cheek as you read and re-read Judy’s compassionate poetry.”  —Joanne Koenig-Coste, author, Learning To Speak Alzheimer’s

Searching For Cecy is a thoughtful read, very much recommended.”  —Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Judy Prescott is a poet and an actress whose most recent roles include episodes of Bones, Cold Case, Grey's Anatomy, and True Blood, and the films Hit and Runway and Islander. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Judy Prescott, born in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, has spent the past twenty-five years working as a professional actress. Based in both New York City and Los Angeles, she has performed many roles on stage and screen. Her most recent work includes episodes of True Blood, Grey's Anatomy, Cold Case, Bones, and the films Islander and Hit and Runway.
Judy started writing poems as a child in order to better understand the world around her. She began reading her poetry publicly fifteen years ago in Los Angeles where she currently lives with her husband and daughter.

www.judyprescott.com

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From beginning to end this is a book to be cherished and shared!!!
David S
Anyone who has ever lived with a loved one experiencing dementia and/or Alzheimer's has a friend in this amazing book.
Dee Benson
Watching a loved one lose their way, forget who they are and even who you are is unbelievably painful.
Gemini Adams

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gemini Adams on August 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Alzheimer's is a traumatizing experience for the entire family. Watching a loved one lose their way, forget who they are and even who you are is unbelievably painful. Yet, there are moments of clarity. Moments of hilarity and times when the love of a family can transcend the day to day difficulties. Judy and her family have been able to take these moments and, using their exceptionally creative talents, create a beautiful book of art and poetry that inspires, comforts, provides insight, understanding and support to those whose lives are touched by this tragic disease. A great resource for anyone working in the field and all families facing the diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dee Benson on December 10, 2011
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Anyone who has ever lived with a loved one experiencing dementia and/or Alzheimer's has a friend in this amazing book. Judy Prescott has an insight that is at once loving, tragic and oddly comforting. Her talent for putting such emotion into this reflective poetry is brilliant.
My favorite of these poems is "Proof."
"She disappears before me, silently slipping into a realm in which I don't figure....."
Profound!!!
A must have for anyone living in this nightmare of a disease.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.V. on December 5, 2011
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Such a touching read filled with palpable emotion. The author trustingly exposes her heart and soul to show the true struggle between heart and head. This book shows the love of a daughter for a mother she can not yet mourn. Although far off in her mind, I'm certain that her mother will be proud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By burlastribe on December 5, 2011
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I work with dementia clients, this book truly speaks from the heart. Judy is sharing with us her travel/journey with her mother. It can be very difficult and painful to put into words what happens when you travel with someone who has Alzheimer's. I truly love the way Judy has found to reconnect with her mother I know that it has not been easy for her. Not everyone is willing to share this journey because it is so often to painful to loose a connection to the ones you love. The connection is not always visible but it is there. You just have to believe in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie B. Genovese on November 25, 2011
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Judy Prescott's poetry is a vivid and stunning journey through the rough waters of Alzheimer's. Her haunting metaphors speak a universal language - the acceptance, courage and resiliency that are born of unthinkable pain and loss. In this beautiful tribute, Ms. Prescott writes: "I have learned to quietly step into Cecy's world, leaving all of our shared history behind me. Every moment with my mother is entirely new...there is no before or after." Each poem is paired up with colorful, brilliant artwork that opens the heart and deepens the writing.

"If the storm is that great, why keep her tethered, battering herself to pieces at the dock?/ Let her go./ Watch her float peacefully away/ under a grey and turbulent sky./ A last grand sail into/ whatever lies beyond./ A graceful exit from all things measured and charted./ Beautiful Ketch, I release you." Prescott's stirring images speak of trauma transforming into triumph. When Alzheimer's hits home, Searching for Cecy is a reassuring and heartfelt lifeline. It is a revelation of love, healing and letting go. A sensational work of art.
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