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Paperback 25 Months: A Memoir Book

ISBN: 1961250357

ISBN13: 9781961250352

25 Months: A Memoir

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"Linda Stewart has written a warm and strong life story that conveys to every reader the terrible trials and extraordinary joy that attend the caring of a loved one with Alzheimer's."


Former governor of Vermont

"With powerful prose Linda Stewart evokes a luminous portrait of a couple's slow dance with Alzheimer disease. 25 Months is the kind of book you want to read more than once, then...

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The Razor's Edge

Though a usual mark of Alzheimer's is how gradually the disease comes on, not so for Linda Stewart's husband, who wakes one afternoon from a nap, disoriented and barely responsive. The author, thinking he may have had a stroke, calls for an ambulance--only to find, the next morning in the hospital, that there is no "hemispheric damage" or indication of a stroke. Jack Stewart has come down with Alzheimer's, seemingly in the space of a couple of hours. What a razor's edge we live on--which gives this story its weight. The onset of Jack Stewart's Alzheimer's comes as "a severe, delusionary, psychotic episode"--but the result is much the same as with a patient whose dementia has crept into view over months or even years. From the title we guess the end, that Jack Stewart, previously strong and healthy, will die after 25 months. The author puts up a valiant struggle to keep her husband at home, to keep him involved. Her "rival" for Jack's attentions becomes sleep: "As soon as breakfast was over, `I think I'll just go lie down for while." Or, "If I left him alone for only the few moments it took to prepare lunch, to attend to the laundry or tidy the kitchen, he would grope to our bed and fall at once into deep sleep." She doesn't want him to drift off, to give up, to disappear from her life. But of course he's going to. After her valiant struggle she writes a valiant book. She is left with her memories, and we are left with an engaging portrait of a man in his prime, abruptly laid low.
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