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Who Will I Be When I Die?
by Christine Bryden
Publisher:Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
Published:15 February 2012
I read this book in several sessions over the course of one day and found it a moving and compelling read. It is a new edition of a book first published in 1998. Christine tells the story of her journey into dementia, describing the early symptoms and then the confirmed diagnosis when she was only 46 years old. At that time she was working in a high-powered government job in Australia and a mum caring for three children at home. She had been a Christian for only six years, but had a very loving and supportive church family in Canberra where she lived. The rapid change from 'super-mum' to 'dependent mum' is described with honesty and clarity. When she wrote the book she had been told that perhaps she would be in a nursing home within three to five years and dead by around eight to ten years. Now, she is sixty-two and has confounded all the medical expectations. In spite of a recent scan showing considerable brain damage, she can still speak and function well enough to live at home. Christine feels that this extra time has been given to her to speak out for those imprisoned within the walls of dementia. This book is simply written with a certain amount of repetition which I found added poignancy to the whole story. I can heartily recommend it for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and to their carers.
Reviewer: Jackie Rowe (04/06/12)