Don't Leave Yet

Don't Leave Yet

How My Mother's Alzheimer's Opened My Heart

Book - 2015
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As a young girl in the Midwest, Constance Hanstedt was consumed by fear -- of her parents, especially her disapproving mother, Virginia; of social situations; and of people in general. Even as an adult she remained guarded around her mother, avoiding conflict at all costs. Still, when Virginia developed Alzheimer's, Hanstedt did what the perfect daughter she'd always struggled to be would do: she returned to the Midwestern town where she was raised to help care for a mother who could no longer care for herself. In Don't Leave Yet, Hanstedt recounts her journey toward facing her fears and rising above the past; her mother's unrelenting bitterness regarding life, even as she loses memories of it; and her unexpected discovery of an emotion that reaches beyond familial duty: compassion.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, ©2015
ISBN: 9781631529528
Branch Call Number: 616.831 HAN 2015
Characteristics: 185 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 15, 2017

A sensitive and honest self-assessment on the part of the author, from the first inklings of her mother's dementia, backwards and forwards in time. The relationship with her mother - an often bitter and difficult individual - continues surprisingly into positive and healing territory as the disease's consequences play out: competency questions, care facility and closing of the family home, other health consequences.

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