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Miracles All Around Me: The Unexpected Gifts of My Mother's Alzheimer's [Kindle Edition]

Marsha L. Burris

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In Miracles All Around Me – The Unexpected Gifts of My Mother’s Alzheimer’s, the author choronicles her role as primary caregiver to her mother who struggled with early onset Alzheimer’s the final decade of her life while also confronting the challenges of her father’s stroke and her brother’s suicide. Help and guidance appeared along the way and surprisingly revealed silver linings to the dark clouds of emotional pain that is involved in end-of-life issues. This is a candid, gritty, and often witty account of negotiating nursing homes, hospice, funeral homes, doctors, lawyers, the Veterans Administration and Social Security. Marsha Burris’ array of experiences prompted an interest in Reiki and other alternative medicine approaches and produced a growth in the maturity of her spirituality.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2534 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Foxtail Books (28 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IQFF18W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #972,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miracles are where you find them . . . 23 Mar. 2014
By Barbara - Published on
Everyday life clouds our eyes and befuddles our minds. We ask for miracles and hope that they will appear In a blinding flash. They do not. Marsha Burris, and by extension her family, found that miracles show up in the most unlikely places. It's when we recognize them that the blinding flash appears. This journey with her mother through the often dark corridors of Alzheimer's was accomplished with nearly equal doses of laughter and tears. This book is a must read for anyone who has ever waited for that blinding flash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Guidebook for Caregivers 8 Jun. 2014
By Cherie - Published on
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This is a wonderful, candid story of a daughter who is caring for her parents as they encounter failing health as they age. As a child and young adult, the author knew her parents as strong, active, vibrant, hardworking, and strong-willed. Seemingly overnight she found herself caring for them as they aged and encountered health issues to include her father suffering from a debilitating stroke and her mother showing signs of Alzeheimer's disease at the young age of 62. The author gives a candid account of the struggles and emotions as she transitions from a daughter to a daughter who is responsible for caring for her parents. The author's whit and charm comes through in the story as she details the incredible journey. As someone who would surely prefer to avoid the subject of end of life matters, I must say I truly enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a different perspective about the final years of life. More importantly, it should be considered a guidebook for anyone who is caring for their parents; especially those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. From how to work within the Nursing Home system to forming strong relationships with siblings, the author provides invaluable tips in the fabric of the story. In fact, coincidentally, my husband's father suffered a stroke during my reading of this book and I have already referenced its content a number of times. This is truly a must have book for anyone facing these life events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Caregivers 1 July 2014
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I've read quite a few books about Alzheimer's Disease and this one has to be the story that touched me the most. It mirrored my own journey with my grandmother's struggle with the disease in many, many ways. This is a heart-wrenchingly honest portrayal of the stages we go through with this disease and the author lays it all out in a genuine, straight-forward narrative that had me crying, laughing, and nodding many times in understanding. It is a portrayal of deep pain but also a story of ultimate triumph in overcoming this horrible disease and the tragedies the author faced on her journey. By the end of the book, I was able to look back on my own journey with my grandmother and her caregiver, my mother, and realize that we, also, had our little miracles. I also realized that although we felt very isolated and alone during our own struggle with this disease, we were never alone... so many people are having to take this same journey and I urge anyone who has, or is going through, a struggle with Alzheimer's to read this book. It is enlightening, helpful, and a glimmer of light in the darkness that is Alzheimer's Disease.
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