- File Size: 1334 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 11, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08B438LWM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Language of Time: A memoir on caregiving, early onset Alzheimer's, courage, and finding meaning from loss Kindle Edition
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It sheds light on caregiving and the emotional journey of a family facing illness (and a daughter recognizing her mother’s life, presence and absence in both subtle relatable ways and more profound or philosophical ways).
Ashley achieves the difficult task of writing about loss without focusing on the trauma, but while offering glimpses into the truth of caregiving as a loved one rapidly declines in health and faculties.
I was left with some indelible impressions about experiencing and serving our loved ones, while we still have them...and how it can shape who we are - how rapidly it can change and how important our memories are after they’ve gone.
Love rings throughout the story (as does the reminder of how fleeting life is).
This is an excellent book.
The passion with which it's written makes you want to read more slowly to savor the depth of each story. You can feel her hope, fear, excitement, sadness, strength, confusion, and resolve on every page. It's an intricate look at the many layers of emotions that a caretaker - and all of us - experience. Beautiful woven together across these pages, this book gave me a joyful reminder that despite its tragedies and sadness, life, and our moments with loved ones, are to be treasured. I caught myself tearing up several times, but it was always tempered with one of the book's underlying themes of "this life matters."
TLOT also gently teaches along the way; those who know little about Alzheimer's will have their eyes opened, as I sure did. Caretakers will get insight into what to expect, expressed in human-talk instead of medical-talk. Plus, you'll get some real-life examples of what works (get ready to be totally sold on coconut oil).
Overall, a gorgeous book and well worth the read.
I learned and felt the real pain of a young girl trying to do everything in her power to help her mother overcome the impossible. This book is a tribute to all those struggling with this disease and provides incredible insight to anyone who reads it. I couldn't put it down and am grateful to the author for sharing her personal story.
As a Mom, though I don't have the same story, I resonated with this book on so many levels. I have decided after reading this I will begin to jot down some memories for my own children.
I love that this book exists. Thank you for the gift of being reminded of the depth of a Mother/daughter love that transcends time.