Hey ya'll in Blogland. I've been a little preoccupied with some things going on in my life and this week I've been trying to play catch up. I didn't mean to ignore my little site, but truthfully, I haven't felt inspired. Now, I know many of you will think how is that any different than anything else you write? Most posts don't seem all that inspiring...well truth be told I have to feel a little moved on a personal level in order for me to get these keystrokes published. And sometimes, you just have to do it in order to get the creative juices flowing again- so here goes.
I just finished up with a fundraiser that I've done in some form or fashion for the last three years. I always enjoy the process and the time spent in preparation. I do however always seem to have the "blues" once the event is complete. Admittedly, I've felt a little postpartum this week. I was feeling emotional about the event ending but also about some changes that are occurring in my job. So, for a good portion of the week, I was a little weepy. (internally- most of the time.) It didn't help that I was listening to an emotional saga that I feel compelled to share with you.
I preface this review with the notation that I have never had a personal experience with a family member suffering with Alzheimer's Disease. I thought I had a good understanding of the disease and the havoc it causes the one afflicted and their family members. However, after finishing this book, I can tell you that I didn't really have a clue.
The book I'm referring to is- "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova.
This is a first novel for the author. "Still Alice" is the story of Alice Howland, an acclaimed professor of Psychology and Linguistics at Harvard University. She is a 50 year old woman, mother and wife who is diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
This story is told from Alice's perspective. We literally take this journey with Alice from the fast paced life of this accomplished academian to the ravages of how her mind ceases to perform.
I have to say, it's been a very long time since I have had such an emotional response to a book. I know part of it might have been my own "blues" and this was an organic way of dealing with my own feelings. However, I truly felt the frustration, pain and hurt of what this disease was stealing from not only Alice but her friends, colleagues and most importantly, her family.
I highly recommend "Still Alice.'' It's an emotional and gut wrenching ride, but well worth it. The author beautifully portrays what happens when someone suffers from this disease. She explores the challenges of how someone deals with the progression of Alzheimer's, knowing the end results and still trying to live their life to the fullest and maintain their dignity.
Share with me what you've been reading or any stories you may have regarding Alzheimer's. I'd love to hear them.