- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Praeclarus Press (January 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939807077
- ISBN-13: 978-1939807076
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Concerns over my family's long history of Alzheimer's disease drew me to Vicki Tapia's memoir Somebody Stole My Iron. As I peer into the future, the potential battle with this brutal thief is one of my greatest fears because of the way it robs what I treasure most--health, relationship, and memories. I wanted to learn all I could about this potential adversary. As a nurse, I have studied the medical side but was interested in the human and emotional aspects of this battle. I found what I was looking for in this eye-opening book. - Cinda Brooks for Story Circle Book Reviews
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Vicki Tapia's odyssey about caring for both parents with dementia is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. One marvels at her ability to navigate through troubled waters, too often stirred up by well meaning yet misguided professionals. Her litany of lessons will help guide any family caregiver who may be in the same boat. - Daniel Kuhn, author Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers
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Now for the reasons I love this book:
1. It's not like any of the many others I've read. It reads like a great novel that even people who are not dealing with disease will enjoy. ( Vicki, you are an amazing writer. Stick with it. )
2. The tips are wonderful and I didn't feel like I was getting them out of a text book.
3. It was the first book I've read that actually talked candidly about the not so sweet people that end up with this disease! I love my mom with all my heart but she has never been the sweet little old lady we often hear about. She's opinionated and cranky and it's only getting worse.
4. I felt like I had my own personal support group. I was in my own place with a dear friend ( who I've never met lol ) who understood what I was dealing with. Invaluable.
I laughed, I giggled, I sobbed, I softly cried, and I learned a lot.
One last thing, I loved the list of
Dos and don'ts in the back of the book that Vicki shared. I ran copies for all seven siings and for my dad and had them laminated. They are a great reminder so don't miss them!
She begins with the earliest suspicions about her parents’ mental clarity and struggles with the guilt of moving them from their life-long community to the town where she lives so she can be actively involved in their care. Through a series of subsequent moves for increased needs and security, Vicki feels as though she abandons them when she has to tend to her own life, family, and career. After years of agonizing decline she is overwhelmed by peace and serenity after they pass. I related to all these events in Tapia’s tender account.
Caregivers will learn much from Tapia as she leads them through the painfully honest account of her parents’ illness and her years of decision making for them. Yet she tells her story with grace as she strives throughout the years of their illness to maintain dignity for her parents.
Five stars to Tapia. Thank you, Vicki, for sharing your intimate story in order to help others along the journey.
Discovering this book has helped me become a more compassionate caregiver. It gives me courage and inspiration, serving as a bittersweet reminder of the ties that bind a mother and daughter through love and frustration, through patience and challenges. Vicki Tapia offers invaluable tips and life lessons in understanding dementia, which I’ve implemented in my own experience and shared with others in my caregiving circle.
The book goes beyond the words on a page – it’s like having a conversation with the author. Her story is my story.