Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Now, don't let the bliss filled paragraph fool you, it has been work, and not every day has been perfect. It is tough to blend two lives, to compromise, to be unselfish. But I can't imagine my life without him. Whatever the bumps in the road, the journey has been so completely worth it. I can't wait for the next 50 or so years. Love you babe.
Monday, June 14, 2010
"She didn't want to become someone people avoided and feared. She wanted to live to hold Anna's baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighbourhood she realises that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer's disease. She is only 50 years old.
While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.
Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice. "
This was a rough book to read. My great aunt had alzheimer's. She was quite old when she developed the symptoms, but it was no less heartbreaking to watch someone slowly lose themself. The book has had fantastic reviews and in theory was great. Just be warned that it is a really emotional read.