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I Will Never Forget: A Daughter's Story of Her Mother's Arduous and Humorous Journey through Dementia

I Will Never Forget: A Daughter's Story of Her Mother's Arduous and Humorous Journey through Dementia [Kindle Edition]

Elaine C. Pereira
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It is painfully difficult to watch a loved one decline as dementia ravages their mind, destroying memories, rational thinking, and judgment. In her touching memoir, I Will Never Forget, Elaine Pereira shares the heartbreaking and humorous story of her mother’s incredible journey through dementia.
Pereira begins with entertaining glimpses into her own childhood and feisty teenage years, demonstrating her mother’s strength of character. Years later, as Betty Ward started to exhibit bizarre behaviors and paranoia, Pereira was mystified by her mom’s amazing ability to mask the truth. Not until a revealing incident over an innocuous drapery rod did Pereira recognize the extent of her mother’s Alzheimer’s. As their roles shifted and a new paradigm emerged, Pereira transformed into a caregiver blindly navigating dementia’s unpredictable haze. But before Betty’s passing, she orchestrated a stunning rally to control her own destiny via a masterful, Houdini-like escape.
I Will Never Forget is a powerful heartwarming story that helps others know that they are not alone in their journey.

“Poignant, shocking, and honest … far more than just words on paper. If you or someone you know is living through the hell of dementia, you need this book!”
—Ionia Martin, developer of Readful Things Reviews and Alzheimer’s caregiver


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475906900
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (20 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I40J18K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A rather touching and emotional read, topped with loving humour as you follow the author, Elaine, and her 'mom', Betty, through the heartbreaking decline of Dementia. Immediately you are aware of the beautiful close bond of mother and daughter through childhood and family memories, past events and tender moments experienced through the illness. I especially felt that the support from the Elaine's husband, Joe, was paramount in aiding Elaine through such a turmoil.

You will find yourself feeling the emotions, enjoying the lighter moments, understanding Elaine's concerns and her mom's struggles, as well as laughing through the stories and the newly acquired 'escape artist' skills and for me especially at the end filling with tears.

This isn't just a memoir, a tribute to her mom, it's a major insight into how Dementia can begin, how it starts to slowly win the battle and unbelievably takes away the mind of your loved one. Highlighting the issues she experienced along the way, in a soft yet informative way, the author brings awareness of having to deal with Dementia, caring for someone with Dementia and the tough decisions on finding the suitable choices of care as well as accepting the professional advice offered even though it's hard.

Elaine is extremely honest about the tell tale signs she could have picked up on earlier, but in hindsight this is the case of many illnesses. The early warning signs appear yet sometimes they are far too easy to overlook or to put them down to something else, especially if the patient is trying to mask the illness to protect loved ones from the true reality. The actual acceptance can be just far too great for both patient and carer.

A tremendous loving tribute of her Mom's Dementia journey, sharing her insights to those who may be in a similar situation. Be ready for joy, happiness, sadness, loss and shock in this wonderful read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching story but a little confusing at times. 28 May 2014
Ok, I will admit that I'm a little torn with this one. I really like the story and the honesty in this book but the first two thirds of the book are all over the place time wise. I understand that she is recalling memories from growing up, and then memories from the more recent past. However, the story still jumps all over the place, back and forth in each set of memories. I found it very confusing and had to go back to see if I missed something. I hadn't; she hadn't told that part of the story yet.

On the positive side, you definitely get a honest look at dementia and what it is like to care for a parent with dementia. I can not imagine how difficult it is to deal with a parent with dementia. It is one thing that I worry about with my mom. She doesn't have any signs of dementia but I know that at some point I will end up being her caregiver. I'm the one that lives closest to her. My sister lives a couple of hours away, and my brother lives several states away. So, I'm sure I will be the primary caregiver. I can only hope that she never ends up with dementia or Alzheimer's. If she does, I'm sure I will come back to this book for encouragement and advice.

As I said, I've struggled with my review for this book and how to rate it. I would give this one 5 stars if it weren't for getting confused and lost with the time frames in this book. Considering this, I would give this 3 1/2 or 4 stars. I just wish that it was in better chronological order. I think that many people can learn a lot from this book.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeper of the Memories 20 May 2014
By aiesa1
Each moment you have lived is a gift.This is an awful disease that steals those gifts. On a daily basis it stole gifts from my beautiful mother-in-law. Moments of her life drifted away until she did not remember my husband at all. We would go see her and she would look him right in the eye and tell him to get David. His answer everytime was "Mama, I am David". I loved this book. I understand the feelings of loss, frustration, sometimes giddy moments. I understand when you must become the keeper of the dreams and memories. Anyone dealing with a loved one suffering from Dementia can find a glimmer of sanity in this book. I want you to read this book. You will get tickled, probably shake your head, and you will shed a tear or two. My MIL is gone from this earth... parts of her memory left long before, but like Elaine, you become the keeper of the memories. This is a heartfelt memoir of love the author has shared with us and I wish to say "Thanks"
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5.0 out of 5 stars I will never forget by Elaine c. Pereira 1 Mar 2013
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I just couldn't put this book down. It's so sensitively yet honestly portrayed. If you, like me, have a parent suffering this cruel undignified disease, then this book is a "must".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Have walked a mile in her shoes 28 May 2014
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Having been on the same journey with my own mother for 3 years, I could relate to this story. Very moving but funny at times. Had a good cry at the end .
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4.0 out of 5 stars absorbing read 31 May 2014
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Sad, happy, Honest, heartfelt read. Poignant journey of loss of Mum from dementia. Well Worth give a read. 4 stars,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good book on a very hard subject to understand. It helped me with some of the things my Mother is going through and also the struggle her family and friends are having with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Julie Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional and honest
This book is touching, honest, hilarious and tear-jerking all at the same time.
As someone who has worked on an EMI unit for elderly patients with mental illness I have... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jenna Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching and realistic story which could sadly happen to any of us
Elaine Pereira's memoir about her mother's struggle with dementia has been playing on my mind since I finished it a week ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars heart warming
This book is a honest and frank story of the battles of dementia, not only the effects of the family but also the sufferer , I couldn't put it down ,much love to the family
Published 4 months ago by Sonia book worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Both instructional and informational, and will have a therapeutic...
‘I Will Never Forget’ written by Elaine C. Pereira is a moving story that shows how dementia can change the person that you know and love the whole life, but at the same time book... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerking
Great insight into the lives of people affected by this early condition. The account of the anecdotes are very familiar and touching.
Published 12 months ago by Ingrid Hingston
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