“This is a great gift, this real story of real love and a time in which much light breaks through darkness, replenishing every turn of the page.” —Jeffrey Hillard, associate professor of English at Mount St. Joseph University, author, and award-winning poet.
“Grote holds nothing back, and instead opens the curtain wide to reveal what it’s like to love and care for someone with a debilitating disease.”–Trace Conger, author of The Shadow Broker and Scar Tissue
A couple of years into his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Jerry said, “I never thought it would be like this.” Neither did his daughter.
In Where Memories Meet, author Christine Grote provides an up close and personal account of losing a parent to Alzheimer’s. She struggles to assist her mother in managing her father Jerry’s escalating needs, writing, “It just seems like there should be a better way.” She shares the emotional toll of losing her father stage-by-stage. “I think I am doing okay with Dad fading away,” she writes, “but the fact that he’s still here and can respond is huge. If that goes away, it really will be much harder. We have still more to lose.”
Grote interweaves her story of loss with her father’s narrative of his life making Where Memories Meet a celebration of the man behind the disease, and an unexpected Alzheimer’s book with a good ending.
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