Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's

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Imagine hearing these words: "She has Alzheimer's."

Now imagine that "she" is vibrant, active, loving, healthy...and just fifty-five.

Acclaimed CBS News reporter Barry Petersen writes about hearing the unimaginable; what it meant, what it still means, what he did—and didn't do—and how this beautiful love story needs to be heard by the thousands of families who have already heard that same devastating ...

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Overview

Imagine hearing these words: "She has Alzheimer's."

Now imagine that "she" is vibrant, active, loving, healthy...and just fifty-five.

Acclaimed CBS News reporter Barry Petersen writes about hearing the unimaginable; what it meant, what it still means, what he did—and didn't do—and how this beautiful love story needs to be heard by the thousands of families who have already heard that same devastating diagnosis: EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.

Even though Barry has spent his long-time, award-winning television career covering wars and events that shaped the world, he was not even slightly prepared for what happened to his darling wife, Jan, and how it would impact his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933016443
  • Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 227,743
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.68 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author


Multiple Emmy Award winner Barry Petersen shared both Peabody and DuPont Awards for being a part of the CBS News Radio coverage of the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Writing for a story on baseball coming to Beijing.

Multiple Emmy Award winner Barry Petersen shared both Peabody and DuPont Awards for being a part of the CBS News Radio coverage of the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Writing for a story on baseball coming to Beijing.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

    You Should Read This Book!

    I have been watching Barry Petersen on TV for years.
    This is a perfect book for anyone who has Alzheimer's or is a caregiver.
    My grandmother had the disease, and "Jan's Story" talks about so many things my own family went through -- tears one minute, laughter the next. But this book has an unexpected ending because the author finds a new love. Some people may have a hard time with that, but Barry explains why that actually helps him to take care of his wife, Jan, as she falls further into the fog of Alzheimer's Disease.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

    Jan's Story or more aptly Barry's Heartache caring for the love of his life.

    From the moment Jan's Story by Barry Petersen came into my home I could not put it down. Barry gives you a rare glimpse into the life of a Foreign News Correspondent and the wife who shared and supported that career. He includes stories of reporting from Moscow, Bosnia, Beijing, Africa and more. Then he writes of the Alzheimer's from his helplessness as the disease stole his wife away to the present medical knowledge. He writes of the journey into the depths of depression when a husband finds he can't protect his wife from the ravages of this disease. And as he claws his way back, his moral dilemma --- relationships for the living while married to the patient who has no memory and lives on only in a private world. A search of Jan's Story Video's on the Internet will give you a greater understanding of the mental processing skills now lost to Jan. You need to see those and read the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2010

    A Reminder To All Of Us

    Barry's raw honesty about his journey with Jan's illness is both a sad and wonderful love story. He shares their lives as co-correspondants as a backdrop to the looming tragedy that neither one of them can imagine. In every word though their love is a beacon that continues to outshine the ending to the story. Kudos to Mary Nell for being such a special woman to enter the marriage as the third person. This story is what is happening more and more everyday as the black dog of this cruel disease overtakes more of the Baby Boomers. Barry is my cousin and I have shared this journey from afar with him over the years. Their story will help so many people. I know I held my husband's hand a little tighter this morning as we walked on Sunset Beach.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 27, 2014

    Barry's story. Plain and simple, a horribly sad book about a wo

    Barry's story. Plain and simple, a horribly sad book about a woman with a selfish husband who wrote a self=serving book.

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