I know you’re busy with therapy, paperwork, billing, and everything else that seems to come up during the day, but here are 2 books that you should curl up with this weekend. Bring a box of tissues and a cup of tea because you won’t want to put these down:
Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighbourhood she realises that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old.
Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus. A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt. A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.
**I’ll admit that it’s rather unlikely that a TBI patient would experience left-sided neglect as her only post-accident symptom, but the glimpse into the life of someone with neglect is insightful and thought-evoking!
For more on the author of these books, Lisa Genova, and her current projects, visit her blog! http://lisagenova.com/?cat=4