I loved this book. I like the author's witty and humorous writing style. Instead of just reading an entertaining story like watching a movie, this booI loved this book. I like the author's witty and humorous writing style. Instead of just reading an entertaining story like watching a movie, this book had some surprising insights to ponder. Of course, you can just keep reading and still enjoy. I want to re-read "Love Walked In" after reading this book, and will likely re-read this one too. ...more
I gave this 5 stars because I find it incredibly helpful. We've heard the doctor's diagnosis and read about dementia on the internet. We even read theI gave this 5 stars because I find it incredibly helpful. We've heard the doctor's diagnosis and read about dementia on the internet. We even read the Alzheimer's Cope Book. But none of them, and I mean NONE of them addressed WHEN to help more. When to move in together, when to ask them to stop driving, when to do a lot of things that you wouldn't necessiarly think of doing.
I feel like I have a better handle on what has already happened, the symptoms we missed, the meaning of the symptoms we did notice, and what will likely happen in the future. I cried so much, only now realizing just how lonely she feels.
This story is filled with human dignity and the understanding gained from it can only help someone suffering from this horrific disease. I will use some of the ideas I got in this book, like writing a letter of appreciation and perhaps making videos. STILL ALICE -- We must not forget that AD victims will have good days and bad days. There are still days I don't want to believe this and other days where it is obvious, but through it all the person is still the same.
The only quibble I have with the book is the character did not argue her diagnosis more. She moved to acceptance faster than normal, I think. Perhaps because of the character's background and education? I'm not seeing that same acceptance and level of planning, but I realize everyone is different. It was later in the book when you realize just how much she did to cover it up, and how she found out she didn't cover it up very well -- at that point it seemed more realistic to me.
Halfway through the book, I thought it would be helpful to hear from the other characters and their thoughts and emotions about AD, but at the end I see why this account is the only one. It is written from the patient's perspective and I think it is one that gets overlooked in mid to late stages, as doctors and caregivers talk about them as if they are not there.
I recognize so much of what is described in this book. The first part was extremely emotional for me because I wasn't able to help with the lonliness except in a small way.
I cannot help but write a personal review as I read this book for personal reasons. I feel like the author is credible because of her education and associations. Since everyone is different, I feel this is the closest account available (that I know about).
I dog-eared the page where she says that she wishes it was cancer, because cancer gives you something to fight, you can discuss it openly, and you can say goodbye to the people you love if you lose the battle. With AD conversations are strained, symptoms and behaviors are confusing, and in the end the AD victim will forget nearly everything. It's so heartbreaking.