This is an honest, raw look at how it feels to take care of someone close to you who has dementia. There are places of sadness in this book. But there is always the triumph of the writer who dared to write down his struggles, even if it was in small snippets.
This book is a letter to all the caregivers out there who are taking care of parents or spouses as well as other family members with dementia. It is a journey like no others through the hallways of waiting rooms and long-term care rooms.
In this book, Mike Barnes draws on seven years of caring for his mother through Alzheimer’s.
In his brief passages that Barnes wrote while waiting during visits and sleeps, e casts fresh light on what it means to live with dementia. Barnes also shares all the trails, insights, sadness, and ultimately inspiration at the end of it all.
This book is meant to be a companion to any reader who is going through a similar journey.
Barnes writes this book with sensitivity and grace. One has no idea how hard it is to live through seven years of the various stages of dementia with a composure that is rarely seen. Perhaps writing can help one go through such a difficult challenge. At least one knows that there will be readers listening to a story that is so sad and challenging yet so redemptive.
Mike Barnes: you are a hero!