A Daughter's Promise
by Fran Lewis
on Tour October 1 - December 1, 2017
This story is about a promise I made to my mother to take care of her through her Alzheimer’s disease nightmare. The book includes my mother’s own thoughts from her journal about her ordeals with the various stages of this debilitating and dehumanizing condition. Her outlook on life was remarkable, and although her mind began to wander, she never lost sight of who she was, her sense of humor, or her family. This is the story of someone whose courage went beyond what most people could endure, and whose never-dying zest for life kept her alive. I hope our story will help others in coping with this difficult and demanding affliction.
Lewis has given us a very raw and honest account of caring for her mother through an Alzheimer's journey. There were intense feelings when her mother was mistreated or ignored. There was distress when family members did not share in the commitment of care but rather went on vacations. At one point Lewis laments, “I have been nowhere for the last seven years...” and admits to getting “quite upset” with relatives and their lack of help. (Loc 626/1314)
Lewis adds writings from her mother's journal too. It is heartbreaking to read of her mother's own awareness of her disease and the frustration she experienced.
Lewis ends her book with some tips for caregivers, such as ideas to help dealing with erratic behaviors, bathing, clothing and feeding a patient with Alzheimer's.
I found Lewis' writing style a little difficult to follow. Events were generally not in chronological order. Events were frequently repeated, although usually from a slightly different viewpoint.
Nonetheless, this book contains a great deal of information about Alzheimer's, including the diagnosis, tests, and symptoms. It also contains good information for caregivers and those who have loved ones dealing with Alzheimer's.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book DetailsGenre: Memoir
Published by: Edit Pros
Publication Date: July 2017
Number of Pages: 147
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads.
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Fran Lewis is the author of the Bertha and Tillie Series, Faces Behind the Stones series and a series of books on Alzheimer's and Caregiving. She has three master's degrees, worked as the reading and writing staff developer and dean of a NY CITY Public School for over 36 years and remains in touch with her students. She is an avid reader and reviewer and has her own show on blog talk radio: Literary Viewpoints with Fran Lewis. Fran created her own Magazine MJ magazine in memory of her sister Marcia Joyce and her radio network too: MJ network.
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