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Treasures in the Darkness: Extending the Early Stage of Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's Disease Paperback – April 6, 2012

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Pat Snyder is the primary caregiver of her husband, John, who was diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease in 2007. Five years after John’s diagnosis, he is still in early stage LBD. Both Pat and John have postgraduate degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, where they met and fell in love. They have been married for 38 years and live in Forest City, NC.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466428228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466428225
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a wonderful story of love and hopefulness. Caregivers for loved ones with any debilitating illness will find very useful information. Pat Synder has shared her personal journey and the obstacles that exist in order to help others find their way and discover that there is hope and help. Pat makes it clear that LBD is a devastating diagnosis, but "Treasures" are abundant for families. I believe that the all inclusive lists of tips for medical help, controlling stressors, exercise, social support, faith, helpful resources, and more will serve as a quick reference for caregivers. This book provides so many ideas that caregivers can utilize to postpone the need for a nursing facility. There is much hope and practical help for caregivers to be found in this book as well as teaching us how to be better than we are inspite of the challenges we face.
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Some would say this book has all of the elements that every author strives for. The chapters on family evoked laughter, tears, pain, joy and hope. It spoke to me as a wife, mother, grandmother and child. It awakened some of my own "demons" and the desire to put them at rest. It made me want to communicate better with my own spouse and children, as well as improve our relationships with friends and family. On top of all this, I was educated on this disease of which I knew nothing about. Thank you for sharing such a compelling, wonderful, selfless, revealing portrayal of your journey. God Bless you and your family.
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This book is made up of very short chapters that capture various incidents in Pat's life as a caregiver for her spouse, diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. She reveals her emotions and thoughts as she deals with the diagnosis and the family dynamics while struggling to come up with the best ways to handle various situations. The last section of the book has tips for dealing with the disease and with being a caregiver.

As I read the book there were moments when I thought Pat shared a little more than I wanted to know about family conflicts. When I finished and took a few moments to reflect about this, I realized that these personal details could be very beneficial for a lot of people to read. When Lewy invades your life it is going to bring upset and struggle and not all decisions or reactions are going to be what you wish they were when you look back at them. You just have to keep going and work with what is facing you now.

I think the most important point Pat made in this book is that care and attention given to patients in the early stages makes a huge difference in quality of life!! Find a doctor you can work with. There may not be a cure yet - but we can find ways to appreciate the time we are given and the joy of being alive even when we only get glimpses of our loved one peeking through the Lewy as time goes by.
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This book was a quick, to the point read with incredible amounts of information that is useful to people dealing with this tragic diagnosis as well as other care-taking situations. Ms. Snyder's targeted observations, suggestions and research are well developed and diverse. I read it in an evening and within 24 hours passed it to a friend.
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When a person hears a loved one has a terminal disease (that will be many of us in our lifetime), how does he or she react? Most of us cry and grieve, and many decide to fight the disease with all we have. However, how many of us decide to write a book and help others in areas where we wish we had had more assistance? That is what Pat Snyder decided to do after she heard from her husband's doctor that her efforts were helping to extend her husband's "personhood".
This book combines a compelling story with many practical tips that will help families better cope with the early stages of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Lewy Body Disease. With the Baby Boomers aging, this book is invaluable; the Snyders' story could easily become our own. They chose to shine a light into a dark place no one wants to look. Mrs. Snyder manages to balance their difficulties with moments of joy and insight. No one wants a spouse or parent to get these diagnoses, but if that happens you want a tool to keep him/her at his/her best for as long as possible. Look no further than this book!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Few of us would have the courage to draw back the curtains on our personal lives the way that Snyder has done, but in doing so she will undoubtedly help those who are struggling with a spouse or loved one stricken with a chronic illness. While Treasures in the Darkness contains very precise information about LBD (particularly the Caregiving Tips section), the theme and message of the book transcends whatever disease a victim, caregiver and his/her family may be facing. The messages of love, self-reflection, forgiveness, patience, acceptance and undying devotion are at the heart of the book and offer insights for anyone facing a family struggle, particularly with a spouse. We each try to live our lives in such a way that, when we are called Home, we leave something behind, a gift of sorts, that helps those who follow to understand that God had important reasons for creating us. Treasures in the Darkness will no doubt be among the gifts Pat and John Snyder leave behind.
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