Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
I was at the grandparents house with a friend. We were maybe 13, but we were there to help pack the house and move the grandparents closer. We slept on the pullout couch. That night, Grandpa kept telling me to hitch the horses because we were going to Redlands (from Indio, CA) to get a haircut from my uncle. It was weird because he knew the people around him, but not the circumstances. This may have been funny to two young teens, but I can only imagine now how hard it must have been on my parents and my grandma to watch their hero losing his way.
Grandpa is the reason I wanted to read this book.
I love that author Elaine C. Pereira honored her mother by writing a book about her. I Will Never Forget is more like reading someone's journal than a long boring book with medical terms about dementia. If you are looking for an answer to the conundrum that is mental illness, you will not find it here. If you are looking for a book about a lady who loves and honors her mother, then you came to the right place.
It Is obvious that Elaine feels some guilt over her mother's illness. I can only imagine how hard it was for her to write her memoirs, but in a way, it will be awesome for her to remember the things she writes. I am hoping that one day it will be a tool used for the person who finds a cure for Alzheimer's.
"She was a kind, brilliant and talented person all of her life until Alzheimer's took hold leaving an agitated, bewildered and compromised woman in its wake. I was NOT the easy kid to raise, that would have been my brother. But after a decade of great personal sacrifice and unspeakable losses, Mom started her descent into dementia. I stepped up as she slid down, grateful to give back to the woman who once gave so much!" - author Elaine C Pereira
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