Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s Now Available

Into the Storm CoverMy much older sister was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 57. Symptoms started with what she referred to as “losing words” and progressed to the inability to make the correct change when buying small items at the grocery store. Gradually, she lost the ability to drive, to operate a stove, a microwave, or a television, and to dress herself. Our family watched and cared for her—first at her home, then my brother’s home, and finally in assisted living—as this confident, capable, intelligent, funny former university professor and administrator became someone who could no longer form a coherent sentence, walk, or, at least visibly, recognize us.

Before my sister’s death, I was honored to be asked to contribute a story about her and my experiences as a kind of caregiver for her to an anthology, which was then just beginning to take form. The book’s editor and prime mover, Collin Tong, had lost his wife to younger-onset Alzheimer’s, which struck her at the age of 51. Their experience spurred him to create the book.

In Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s, twenty-three family caregivers share their stories and experiences. We have all shared our stories in the hope of providing support to others with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

I am proud to have contributed a piece to this anthology. In addition to offering support to others, the writing of it allowed me to honor my sister and her story.

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2 Responses to Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s Now Available

  1. tpolen says:

    Congrats on the book, but sorry to hear about the circumstances. We lost my grandfather to Alzheimer’s, so I know how hard it is to see your loved ones go through it.

    • sstamm625 says:

      Thanks, Teri. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Alzheimer’s is such a devastating illness–and it strikes so many. My mother has what they were calling dementia and are now calling Alzheimer’s too. Hers came in her eighties.

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