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Forever Today by Deborah Wearing
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'Forever Today' is a memoir by Deborah Wearing, the devoted wife of Clive Wearing, a highly intelligent and accomplished musician and conductor whose brain was half eaten away by a virus, causing him to have the worst case of amnesia then known - lasting only a few seconds at a time. He remembered who he was, his history until a few years before the devastating infection, and his immense love for his wife. Like most dense amnesiacs, he retained no ability to make new memories, but fascinatingly was able to function almost normally when conducting familiar music.

It's not just his story, but also a story of her love, which is remarkable and touching for its perseverance and depth. And it's a story about the British medical and insurance system and how Mrs. Wearing helped change the landscape and care for Britons with ABI (Acquired Brain Injury).

I thought the last third got a bit scattered and tangential, and needed a good editor. But in any case, like many books on dementia and memory loss that I've read, FT is both wrenching and inspiring in showing how the families of those affected learn to accept and find joy in ever smaller successes.
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