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Losing My Mind

Author : Thomas DeBaggio
ISBN : 9780743216722
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was about to embark on the relaxing golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, the herb garden he had spent decades cultivating and from which he made a living. Then, one winter day, he mentioned to his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness, making his work difficult. After that fateful visit, and a subsequent battery of tests over several months, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. But under such a curse, DeBaggio was also given one of the greatest gifts: the ability to chart the ups and downs of his own failing mind. Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account of early onset Alzheimer's -- the form of the disease that ravages younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on one of life's greatest treasures, memory. In an inspiring and detailed account, DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. Whether describing the happy days of a youth spent in a much more innocent time or evaluating how his disease has affected those around him, DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we often take it for granted. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think, and ultimately, to survive. As his life becomes reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shine through, and in DeBaggio's case, it is as much in the lack of functioning as it is in the ability to function that one finds love, hope and the relaxing golden years of peace. At once an autobiography, a medical history and a testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just a story of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating tale of one man's battle to stay connected with the world and his own life.

Losing My Mind

Author : Thomas DeBaggio
ISBN : 0743205669
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"We are foolish, those of us who think we can escape the traps of aging," writes Tom DeBaggio. "I was one of them, dreaming of a perfect and healthy old age....Now, at fifty-eight, I realize the foolishness of my dreams as I watch my brain self-destruct from Alzheimer's." Losing My Mind is DeBaggio's extraordinary account of his early onset Alzheimer's, a disease that "silently hollows the brain" and slowly "gobbles memory and destroys life." But with DeBaggio's curse came an unexpected blessing: the ability to chart the mechanics and musings of his failing mind. Whether describing the happy days of his youth or lamenting over the burden his disease has placed upon his loved ones, DeBaggio manages to inspire the reader with his ability to function, to think, and ultimately to survive. By turns an autobiography, a medical history, and a book of meditations, Losing My Mind is a testament to the splendor of memory and a triumphant celebration of the human spirit.

Losing My Mind

Author : Thomas DeBaggio
ISBN : 0743205650
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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At once an autobiography, a medical history, and a testament to the beauty of memory, a writer diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a few months after his 57th birthday depicts the joys of life and how one can take them for granted.

Mom S Losing Her Memory I M Losing My Mind

Author : Kathy Jean Stewart RN, BSN
ISBN : 9781452569345
Genre : Health & Fitness
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“The subject of physical and mental deterioration and its consequences on people and their loved ones is one that most of us prefer to avoid, even those of us who provide medical care to the elderly. Yet, this is often part of the human experience. Information written on the subject is usually dry and didactic. Kathy Stewart has granted the reader access to her world, the assisted living community, where extraordinary needs are met by extraordinary people. Through interesting, illustrative, and poignant vignettes, a realistic, often intense and yet hopeful experience is accorded the reader. This book, crafted professionally and compassionately, is a gem that should be read not only by relatives of people suffering progressive memory loss but by all of us, since many of us will eventually be touched by this situation in our lifetimes.” —Mark H. Greenberg, MD, FACR, Rheumatologist, Author of “Doctor, Why Do I Hurt So Much?” “Few events impact an entire family more than the onset of dementia in a parent, spouse, sibling, or close friend. Drawing upon her own personal and professional experiences, Kathy Stewart has developed a practical guide for caregivers. The book is easy to read, yet it provides a wealth of useful information which is accessible to all. It should provide knowledge and comfort for anyone caring for an individual with dementia.” —George A. Kuchel, M.D., FRCPC, Professor, Citicorp Chair in Geriatrics & Gerontology, Director, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut Health Center “Kathy Stewart has provided an outstanding, informative, and useful guide. This book is required reading for all adult children and caregivers who seek to provide the best possible care for Mom and Dad. I wish I had this book when my own mother developed stroke-related dementia and needed extensive specialized care.” —Elly Trepman, M.D., Professional Associate, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, www.manuscriptsurgeon.com

How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

Author : Dana K. White
ISBN : 9780718083236
Genre : Self-Help
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Bring your home out of the mess it’s in and learn how to keep it under control. “The dirty little secret about most organizing advice is that it’s written by organized people,” says blogger, speaker, and decluttering expert Dana K. White. “But that’s not how my brain works. I’m lost on page three.” Dana blogs at A Slob Comes Clean, chronicling her successes and failures with her self-described “deslobification process.” In the beginning she used the name “Nony” (short for aNONYmous), because she was sharing her deep, dark, slob secret. Now she has truly come clean—with not only her real name but the strategies she has developed, tested, and proved in her own home. She has learned what it takes to bring a home out of Disaster Status, which habits make the biggest and most lasting impact, and how to keep clutter under control. In How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, Dana explains that cleaning your house is not a onetime project but a series of ongoing premade decisions. Her reality-based cleaning and organizing techniques debunk the biggest housekeeping fantasies and help readers learn what really works. Chapter titles include My First Step: Giving Up on the Fantasy The Worst Thing About the Best Way Just Tell Me What to Do Conquering Laundry Get Dinner on the Table Putting an End to the Never-Ending Weekly Cleaning Tasks Don’t Get Organized How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess Fighting the Perceived Value Battle But Will It Last? With a huge helping of empathy and humor, Dana provides a step-by-step process with strategies for getting rid of enormous amounts of stuff in as little time (and with as little emotional drama) as possible.

Loving Your Man Without Losing Your Mind

Author : Susie Davis
ISBN : 9781441224804
Genre : Religion
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Why is marriage so much harder than we think it will be? And how could the man that a woman loves most in the world end up becoming the one person that she struggles to live in harmony with? In this biblical and practical book, Susie Davis helps women love the men in their lives with an abundance of understanding and grace. Using humor and wise insights, Susie covers the most common marriage conflicts, exhorting women to remember often why they married their spouse in the first place.

A Beginner S Guide To Losing Your Mind

Author : Emily Reynolds
ISBN : 9781492642107
Genre : Self-Help
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Your twenties can be isolating, infuriating and painful but how do you stay healthy and realistic when you're also dealing with depression, mania, or anxiety? Emily Reynolds's A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind explores the unique challenges, including: • How to deal with pressure at school and college • Tips for dating when you are mentally ill (and what to expect when you're on the other side) • Handling self-harm and suicidal thoughts • Advice for your family and friends • Learning how to navigate the internet and the online community • Advice on diagnosis, treatment, and maintaining your mental health A blackly funny, deeply compassionate, and extremely practical book, A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind is all at once the author's personal account of what it's like to live with mental illness, a guide to dealing with and understanding it, and a companion to make the journey feel a little less lonely.

Nervous System Or Losing My Mind In Literature

Author : Jan Lars Jensen
ISBN : 0786715626
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A black comedy about writing focuses on a young novelist who is about to publish his first book amid intense feelings of paranoia and powerful delusions that drive him to the brink of insanity and suicide. Original.

Headstrong

Author : Donna Valentino
ISBN : 9781612541082
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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On an uncharacteristically warm February day in Texas, a young couple sets off in search of a new adventure. The quiet, isolated woods of the resort offer the perfect setting for a romantic weekend for two. They challenge each other to an ATV ride and start off energized, excited, and ready to explore. The adventure that follows, however, is not what they anticipated. After crossing several cattle guards successfully, Donna Valentino attempts to navigate another—only to crash into an unmarked and almost invisible chain. In an instant, her lovers’ weekend turns into a nightmare of injuries, including what would later be diagnosed as a severe brain injury. After months of rehabilitation and a courageous battle to regain her life, Donna wrote Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind, recounting her remarkable journey of recovery and adaptation. Headstrong reveals her practical and positive outlook on life as well as her steadfast determination to make it, which she hopes will be an inspiration to others.

Moms Who Drink And Swear

Author : Nicole Knepper
ISBN : 9781101650943
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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If you feel like your kids are killing you, you’ve come to the right place. Attention all potty-mouthed, cheap-wine-drinking mothers: Prepare to meet your match. Any bad thought you’ve had about your kids, Nicole Knepper has had worse. Much worse. It’s not that she doesn’t love her kids. It’s that she understands what a mind-f*?% it can be to try to civilize those wild little beasts. Based on her hugely popular Facebook page, “Moms Who Drink and Swear,” this book reveals why family dinners are like herpes, how to avoid smashing toys that are being fought over, and the joy of hearing that your son has murdered his imaginary friend. As Nicole rants and raves about caring for children (without crushing their souls), family togetherness (without too many tears), the saving grace of girlfriends (and vodka), and love and marriage (and all the baggage that goes with them), she gets to the heart of what every exasperated mom is thinking, just much funnier.

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