Imagine the heart-wrenching devastation that is experienced by a family when a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease! In Before My Eyes, author Diane Currie shares her candid and personal reflections about her mother’s struggle with this disease as she copes with the reality of the present but always honors the memory of the past.
Through a series of moving vignettes, she remains connected with her mother in a creative way as the strong bond between them slowly dissolves as the disease progresses. From the first moment of her mother’s diagnosis, Currie conveys in a captivating manner the intense feelings of loss and hopelessness one experiences when dealing with this dreadful disease. She is able to portray the subtle changes in her mother’s behavior and personality throughout her decline, all in a deeply human way.
While Before My Eyes describes one family’s touching and painful journey, in essence Currie’s reflective account may typify the Alzheimer’s experience, while offering support and validation to all those who walk its arduous path.