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tani reviewed Losing My Mind : An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's on
Helpful Score: 1
This is such an unusual book that it is hard to rate. At 58, professional herb grower and writer DeBaggio was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He decided to write about the experience. The subject being what it is, I cannot say the book is "enjoyable," but I
bought it because my dearest relative has been stricken with Alzheimer's, and it has been a special help to me for that reason.
From the cover: "Whether describing the happy days of his youth or lamenting over the burden his disease has placed on 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." Trite words, those last ones, but true.
This book is not very well written. It skips about from his personal childhood to his current situation, his diagnosis and his reaction to it. Then there are all the quotes from medical studies interspersed in it. In his own words, he is "fixated" on his illness, and constantly mentions death. One gets the impression he is feeling very sorry for himself, rather than enlightening the reader. Very depressing. For a better story told from the "inside", read "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova. D.