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Stop and Smell the Garbage: A Caregiver's Story of Survival

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Our walking path took us past a large garbage can that sat near an apartment complex. It was a favorite stopping point for dogs and Lucy, our willful terrier, pulled me over to it. I asked, "Oh, do you want to stop and smell the garbage?" Gery didn't appear to be paying attention, but not only was he listening, he decided I was talking to him. He walked resolutely to the ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 8th 2012 by Createspace
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Patricia Ibarra
Sep 01, 2013 Patricia Ibarra rated it liked it
Gery is a physician diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 56. His wife takes care of him for 3 years before he died. This is the point of view of the caregiver: her feelings, anger, despair, decisions made, criticism of others and how the love for her husband helps her to cope. Also the suffering of the patient. A terrible ordeal seen through the eyes of someody who has walked that path.
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Beautiful...poignant...well written. I enjoyed getting to know this woman and her husband through the author's very candid storytelling. A must read for anyone facing this disease.
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