Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's

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Free Press, Mar 4, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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"We are foolish, those of us who think we can escape the traps of aging," writes Tom DeBaggio. "I was one of them, dreaming of a perfect and healthy old age....Now, at fifty-eight, I realize the foolishness of my dreams as I watch my brain self-destruct from Alzheimer's." Losing My Mind is DeBaggio's extraordinary account of his early onset Alzheimer's, a disease that "silently hollows the brain" and slowly "gobbles memory and destroys life." But with DeBaggio's curse came an unexpected blessing: the ability to chart the mechanics and musings of his failing mind.
Whether describing the happy days of his youth or lamenting over the burden his disease has placed upon 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.

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Review: Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's

User Review  - Willie O - Goodreads

A sobering account of one mans journey through his battle with Alzheimer's. Most of the other stories I've read over the past couple months have been inspiring with a completely different attitude towards living with this disease. Read full review

Review: Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's

User Review  - Donald Stevens - Goodreads

A very scary book to read. I am watching my mother at the very early stages of this. It is helpful to know some of what she is thinking. I know that no two people are going to react the same way. At least I can look ahead and say this is what I have to be ready for. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Thomas DeBaggio has worked as both a professional herb grower and a newspaper journalist. The author of Growing Herbs from Seed, Cutting & Root, Basil: An Herb Lover's Guide (with Susan Belsinger), and The Big Book of Herbs (with Arthur O. Tucker), he lives with his wife in Arlington, Virginia.

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