"I Left My Memory on a Bus Somewhere; A Bittersweet Journey Through Alzheimer's Disease"
is by Rose Grant, a retired school teacher, who opened her heart and created a brilliant read about her painful and at times, immensely humorous journey as an Alzheimer's caregiver. Rose had met her late husband, Jack, many decades earlier when they were both teaching at the same parochial school. After Rose's husband was stricken and her world turned utterly upside down, she was advised to put together the poignant and eloquent scribbles that she had journaled. Eventually that became her self-published catharsis and the story of her own survival.
BrightStar Care of Worcester Milford sees dozens of patients each week who are afflicted with dementia and memory impairment and is committed to a world without Alzheimer's. Rose's book is a powerful yet tender peek into the world of those taking care of Alzheimer's sufferers.
Grant's book is an intimate and informational love story and a view of one woman's attempt to master that art of care giving while surviving the horrible toll the disease racks on it's caregivers. Rose exposes "the good, the bad, and the ugly"
her feelings, trials, and tribulations as she learns to navigate the treacherous and uncharted landscape required of Alzheimer's care givers and loved ones. She is forced to learn the new language Alzheimer's demands and shares her challenges, failings, and successes throughout her journey with Jack. From her initial confusion and terror to her near mastery of care giving, Rose includes us in her deeply personal experience with a warm and tender touch. For many who are new to the horrors and challenges Alzheimer's brings this memoir will be a god-send.
Grant has donated the proceeds of her book to Alzheimer's research and awareness. She invites readers to join the cause by volunteering in any capacity like fund raising, recruiting a team and walking in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's, or any other expression of support that will hasten a cure. If you are interested and need more information or would like to speak to someone you can go to http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=9044&pg=entry or contact the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for more information on their 24 hour Help Line and dozens of other support, activism, or educational and awareness services and opportunities.