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Alzheimer Diary: A Wife's Journal Paperback – July 22, 2010
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About the Author
Michelle Montgomery and her husband David Kent lived in Southern California with their three children until they moved to Oregon in 1984 to raise sheep and create an organic vegetable garden. Ms. Montgomery is a prolific poet with degrees in philosophy and psychology.
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While one's own childhood, environment, and early experiences do reflect on how one handles such matters, I felt that the author spoke excessively about herself, her children, etc., and I did not know who was who by the end of the book. I believe that most caregivers desire, when reading a caregiver journal, to know about how a kindred spirit endured the mental loss of one's spouses cognition, the extra work involved, the loss of patience, and the happy times as well.
While I didn't dislike this book, I do believe there are others out there that are far superior in describing the depth of the relationship and it's enduring issues between caregiver and patient.
THIS IS NOT A DOWNER! THIS IS A STORY ABOUT LOVE AND WITH LOVING THERE IS SOMETIMES STRUGGLE AND SOMETIMES THE STRUGGLE ALMOST DROWNS US. BUT NOT THESE TWO. LOVE SEES FIT TO WALK EACH FLOUNDERING STEP, HAND IN HAND AND HEART WITHIN HEART.
I HAVE READ THIS THREE TIMES AND EACH TIME I SEE A LITTLE DEEPER. THE AUTHOR GENTLY TAKES YOU BY THE HAND AND LEADS YOU ALONG HER JOURNEY AND THAT OF HER BELOVED DAVE. HER TEARS ARE YOUR TEARS AND HER LAUGHTER RINGS LOUDLY AND BLENDS WITH YOURS.
ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS IS ITS HONESTY.. ALZHEIMERS IS NOT A RESPECTER OF THE HUMAN SOUL. IT IS SELFISH AND CUNNING. IT IS A SNAKE WAITING FOR ITS NEXT MEAL AND IT IS ALWAYS HUNGRY.
YOU WILL LIE THIS BOOK DOWN GENTLY WHEN FINISHED AND YOU WILL HAVE MADE A NEW FRIEND AS YOU WALKED HER JOURNEY WITH HER AND HER BELOVED.
YOU WILL WANT TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS AND NOT JUST THOSE WALKING DOWN THIS TREACHEROUS PATH BUT ANY PATH INVOLVING ILLNESS. OR PERHAPS ANY PATH WHERE TRUE LOVE WALKS HAND IN HAND. AT SOME TIME IN OUR LIVES WE WILL ALL FACE AGING AND ITS CHALLENGES.
I AM SO BLESSED HAVING READ THIS.
PATTI ANNE YAEGER
I was moved to tears by Michelle's candor and her battles to remain calm and loving in the face of the constant pain and frustration of dealing with Dave's deteriorating health. Through Michell's words, one comes to know the kind, gentle man who is in the unwitting process of changing the lives of those who loved him.
A wonderful, sensitive read and one which I shall always remember.
This story needs to be required reading for mental health professionals and available to all those whose lives are re-arranged by this fate.
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