Signed Book GA-(5)-I Will Never Forget- Elaine C. Pereira-Ends 6/15

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


It is rare that a book hits as close to home as this one did to me. I just finished it and there are real tears that won't stop running down my cheeks as I try to type this review. My Mom is 91 and although in good shape she is starting to exhibit signs of dementia as outlined in this biography, which like Elaine I attempt to almost ignore. My Mom is also very good at covering up--we won't talk about all the things she misplaces.

My Grandmother, my Mom's Mom experienced very early dementia and it was always a fear of my Mom's that she would as well. Well, at the very least as I remind her-she got her genes from her Dad's side of the family. There is a scene in the book where Christy was visiting her grandmother with her Mom and kept smiling at her, but didn't know why. I remember distinctly my Nana not really remembering who my Mom was but would ask who is this pretty girl-she was referring to me.

My Mom still lives in her own apartment and has a car which she still drives on occasion. I generally go and take her where ever she wants to go so she doesn't drive distances! She can still play Bridge and Mahjong and does the Sunday Times Crossword puzzle. But I do see the differences, just like Elaine did. Her memory of long ago things are not quite accurate and yes, she does get belligerent if I point it out--so I don't anymore.

This had to be a very hard book for Elaine Pereira to write-it is truth not fiction but it is a book that ALL should read. There is a poem at the very end which I will leave you with.


I don’t remember where I am.
I really can’t add two plus two.
I don’t recall what you just said.
I’m sure it’s sweet, if I just knew.
You ask me what I did today, but
I just don’t have a clue.
Yet still, I Will Never Forget
How very much I love You.

I don’t know what clothes to wear.
I need Depends to hold the pee.
My hands tremble when I eat.
My hearing’s gone, though I can see.
The apartments here all look the same.
If I’m in your bed, just let me be.
Yet still, I Will Never Forget
How very much you love Me.

I don’t know what season it is.
The days all seem to be the same.
I told God I was ready to go and
Soon I’ll join my Boys and Wayne.
I think your face is familiar to me,
But I don’t always recall your name.
Yet still I Will Never Forget
That you are my daughter, Elaine.

Elaine C. Pereira"

I Will Never Forget is the incredible true story of the author’s talented mother’s poignant and humorous journey through Dementia. From superb stories of Elaine's childhood, her controversial name, tales of smoking’ dragons, the feisty teenage years and a near paralyzing accident, her mother Betty Ward’s wonderful character is revealed.

Over time, as their relationship evolves and a new paradigm is formed, Betty begins to exhibit goofy actions, uncharacteristic verbal assaults and bizarre thinking. Although clearly mystified by her mother’s irrational behaviors, Elaine does not initially appreciate the extent of Betty’s mental decline. Her mother’s amazing ability to mask the truth clouds Elaine’s vision and prolongs her denial until one cataclysmic explosion of reality over an innocuous drapery rod launches a waterfall of destructive events.

As her mother’s brilliant mind is steadily destroyed by Dementia’s insatiable appetite for brain cells, Elaine accompanies her mother on her one-way journey through Alzheimer’s mystifying haze. Elaine cherishes her mother’s fascinating visions of her own mother, masterful Houdini-like disappearances and finally a stunning rally to take control of her own destiny.

I Will Never Forget is a heartwarming, humorous, honest and deeply moving story pertinent to everyone touched by the insidious effects of Dementia. Learn from Elaine's unwitting mistakes as she weaves her way through her mother’s unpredictable disease to capture insightful and effective intervention strategies.

The author donates a portion of every book sold to Alzheimer's research "in part so that my daughter's don't have to write a book about me one day."

#1 Best Seller in medical Biographies and Memoirs (Kindle) Amazon March 2014
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"She was a kind, brilliant and talented person all of her life until Alzheimer's took hold leaving an agitated, bewildered and compromised woman in its wake. I was NOT the easy kid to raise, that would have been my brother. But after a decade of great personal sacrifice and unspeakable losses, Mom started her descent into dementia. I stepped up as she slid down, grateful to give back to the woman who once gave so much!" - author Elaine C Pereira


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Elayna Fernandez-Bare said...

I would love to read this one. My heart is heavy reading about your mom's situation and your grandma's. I remember my great grandma's last days and know exactly what the poem reads. My grandma did not live enough to get to this point because she died in her 60's of Parkinson's. I guess if we look at the positive side, it is a blessing to live that long. God bless you!

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Tears are welling up my eyes as I was reading the poem. What more if I read the entire book?

Marie Baker said...

Well this is one that would have me in tears, I only got down about a paragraph and felt the tears coming. My grandma recently, well a couple years ago suffered from dementia. It was very hard to talk to her cause it broke my heart.

Masshole Mommy said...

This one would probably have me in tears, too. I don't have any personal experience, but it still sounds touching.

Sharon Martin said...

What a wonderful age your Mom is and so independant too, a girl after my own heart as I love playing Mahjong too.

Lame Shrill Owl said...

I friend just laid to rest her MIL that struggled with dementia and it was so hard on the family. Thanks for the giveaway.

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

In high school I worked in a Nursing Home and there were a few residents that had different stages of Alzheimer's...thankful so far my family hasn't had to deal with it personally --but it takes a strong person to write their own story to help others through.

Diane Estrella said...

This would be a tear jerker for me as well. My grandmother had dementia and I pray it skips me. So sad to live through and watch.

Becka M said...

I don't know if I could read this. My grandmother was diagnosed with dementia although hers was the doctors over dosing her on her medicine but she was such a strong person who because a different person. Its such a sad situation

Christy Maurer said...

This sounds like a VERY touching and moving story! Definitely looks worth the read. Thankfully, I've not had to deal with that yet and hope to never have to.

Journeys of The Zoo said...

What a lovely post about your Mother highlighting all the things that she can do. How fabulous that she still has so much independence at 91. My inlaws are 92 and life would be very different if they didn't have each other and my sister in law. Just reading the excerpts I had tears in my eyes. Thanks for sharing. Besos, Sarah

Amanda Love said...

My kids grandmother is going through this and it's tough speaking with her because she forgets things so easily and it seems like you're stuck on repeat most of the time. This book would surely bring tears to my eyes. I'm going to have to put this on my TBR Kindle list. Thanks for sharing this review.

Kristi Maloney said...

One of my grandmothers had Alzheimer Disease and my other grandmother had dementia. This story would definitely strike a chord with me. Just reading the poem made me tear up.

becca said...

what a beautiful tribute to her mom. Not sure I could read this after losing my grandma to this disease but a sweet tribute.

Rebecca Swenor said...

I would love to read this my mother is showing signs. My ex-husbands grandmother along with my best friends mother had suffered with this disease. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Mays said...

This would be hard to read, but I think I will do it anyhow. It sounds like something I would enjoy (for lack of a better word). My mom is showing signs of this now too and it's so scary.

Chelsea Olivia said...

This would be such a touching read. I can't imagine going through this personally.

Janeane Davis said...

Alzheimer's is such a scary disease because it is easy to not see and understand for so long. This seems like a story that will help a lot of people in many ways.

Travel Quest said...

Very clever cover page the message hit me straight to my heart. Makes me miss my mom so much.

Kelly R said...

This sounds like a great book. I really need to add it to my TBR list. My grandfather had Alzheimer's and it was so sad to see what he went through.

mail4rosey said...

How touching that you've shared a bit about your mother. It's tough when what we are pointing out is not well received. We went through it a bit too with my husband's grandmother.

It's nice that this book giveaway is for a signed book! That makes it extra special.

Michele D said...

This book really does sound like a tear jerker. Just the daughter and mother picture got me choked up. Thank you for the giveaway I hope that I win. I would love to read it.

Jennifer said...

This one looks close to home for me as well. My grandmother shows early signs of dementia and my mom takes care of her...they have a very special bond, but it is hard at times. I'll definitely be checking out this book!

Chubskulit Rose said...

This would be great for a summer read. This would make me miss my Mom so much!

Leila Kennedy said...

Thank you for sharing about your mom! My dad started experiencing memory problems that were suspected dementia related (from alcoholism) and I noticed it, but I didn't have to deal with it on a regular basis since we lived far apart and rarely communicated due to our history. I could not imagine having to watch a parent go through such a thing! Hugs to you!

Jhady said...

Wow!! This book reminds me of my dear Grandma who had dementia. There were hard days and great days especially the good laughs that grandma did.

Marika said...

It's been a while since I've read a biography, being engrossed in mysteries these days mostly, but this book seems to really hit home with a lot of people, so I think I'll have to check it out.

Notorious Spinks said...

That's a blessing to still have a parent living. Also, I love the poem.

Healy Harpster said...

That is so true! I could relate to this as my mother-in-law suffered with dementia and it was so hard to communicate with her.

Momi Glenz said...

cool giveaway..i hope i win..

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