A Daughter’s Promise
by Fran Lewis
on Tour October 1 – December 1, 2017
This story is about a promise I made to my mother to take care of her through her Alzheimer’s disease nightmare. The book includes my mother’s own thoughts from her journal about her ordeals with the various stages of this debilitating and dehumanizing condition. Her outlook on life was remarkable, and although her mind began to wander, she never lost sight of who she was, her sense of humor, or her family. This is the story of someone whose courage went beyond what most people could endure, and whose never-dying zest for life kept her alive. I hope our story will help others in coping with this difficult and demanding affliction.
Published by: Edit Pros
Publication Date: July 2017
Number of Pages: 147
F. Stone’s Book Review
It is likely that many readers have experienced the stress and sorrow while coping with a family member or friend’s struggle with Alzheimer. I have. My dear father would introduce me to family members he recognized, saying that I was his sister. I would be both angry and devastated that he would recognize a distant relative but not me. His deterioration into Alzheimer’s wicked grasp was first recognized by my mother. Sadly, I discounted her worries and complaints as exaggerations or frustrations with her failing health. When my dad’s behavior became truly bizarre, I felt badly that my mother had had to deal with her husband’s failing health on her own for several months without my dedicated support. Guilt and remorse and mourning set in.
While reading A Daughter’s Promise I could easily relate to Fran’s struggles and emotionally roller coaster while trying to honor her promise to her mother – never place her in a nursing home. Fran Lewis dedicated her life to ensuring her mother remained in her home. This required a major commitment to the safety and well being of a woman who was lost in a world where Fran could not follow.
I could feel the great love between Fran and her mother. Trust, loyalty, dedication, and sacrifice are the words that come to mind while reading A Daughter’s Promise. Though communication between her and her mother was challenged, there remained an underlying bond that was never shaken.
A Daughter’s Promise is beautifully written. Parts are the recollections written down by the woman suffering from Alzheimer before the disease took away her beautiful memories, her life trials. She spoke of her fear, knowing that in time she would not be the strong person who survived terrible things. She would become completely dependent upon her family. In alternating chapters Fran wrote of the frustration, terror, and overwhelming fatigue having to bear the majority of the responsibility for her mother’s safety, meals, medication, hospitalizations – twenty four / seven. As the disease progressed, Fran never failed to keep her promise but it cost her dearly. Even so, she expressed no regrets. Such was the warmth and devotion between her and her dear mother.
There is but one minor criticism with the writing of this book. There was some unnecessary repetition. However, A Daughter’s Promise is a honest insight into the life of a woman suffering from Alzheimer and the life of her daughter struggling to maintain a balance with her life and keep a promise.
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Fran Lewis is the author of the Bertha and Tillie Series, Faces Behind the Stones series and a series of books on Alzheimer;s and Caregiving. She has three master’s degrees, worked as the reading and writing staff developer and dean of a NY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOl for over 36 years and remains in touch with her students. She is an avid reader and reviewer and has her own show on blog talk radio: Literary Viewpoints with Fran Lewis. Fran created her own Magazine MJ magazine in memory of her sister Marcia Joyce and her radio network too: MJ network.
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