Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Alzheimer's A Caretaker's Journal

Today is the launch of Marie Fostino’s book, Alzheimer’s A Caretaker’s Journal.

Marie took care of her father-in-law while he had Alzheimer's and kept a journal of her daily interactions. After his passing, she turned her journal into a book hoping to help others who are experiencing this disease. She is hoping to see her Alzheimer’s book as one of the top 100 Best Sellers on Amazon. It would bring more awareness to this disease, and help thousands of families that are dealing with it on a daily basis.

So, let’s help her get the word out there by letting others know about her book and inviting them to purchase a copy today. Everyone gets a slew of bonus prizes just for purchasing the book on today, September 15. See http://mariefostino.com/specialoffer for details.

Here is a review that I wrote for the book:

Alzheimer’s A Caretaker’s Journal
Marie Fostino
ISBN: 978-1-59663-562-3
Reviewed by Yvonne Perry

As the title implies, Alzheimer’s A Caretaker’s Journal, is about dealing with a family member who has Alzheimer’s. The book truly is a caretakers journal. There is little commentary from the author to cloud our opinion. Instead, we get to see into the personal lives of Jim and Marie as they take on the daunting task of caring for Jim’s father, Joe. As Joe’s dementia worsens, Marie rises to the call of a saint.

The passion of the author was noted throughout the book and my emotions were stirred as I read Marie’s account of her time spent with Dad—a man who didn’t even know her once he had progressed into the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. “Lady” is what he called his own daughter-in-law.

“Show, not tell” is what I often repeat to my authors when I am editing their books. Marie instinctively did this in Alzheimer’s A Caretaker’s Journal. She shows us who she is, what she is capable of, and how she managed day by day. Never once did she brag on herself. Using a chronological diary format, she showed us her human frailty and gave us a true picture of what it is like to watch a loved one’s mental and physical demise.

I was especially touched that both of the author’s daughters gave a short commentary about what it was like to live in the house with their grandfather in his impaired condition. The author’s husband, Jim, also shared his thoughts. Therefore, we get to see how this disease affected the entire family. I hope I never have to go through something like this, but if I do, I pray I have the strength and wherewithal to endure and persevere the way Marie did.

Check out Marie’s book website at http://www.mariefostino.com/.
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1 comment:

Kristina said...

I bought this book a few months ago and thought it was completely no holds barred. She tells it like it is and you get a good understanding of this disease. I highly recommend this book to those who have or have had a loved one suffering through this. Completely beautiful!!