A Daughter's Promise

A Daughter's Promise

by Fran Lewis

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BN ID: 2940158617904
Publisher: EditPros LLC
Publication date: 08/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 146
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Fran Lewis is author of 13 books (see www.amazon.com/Fran-Lewis/e/B002F8Z87U), including three children’s books: My Name is Bertha, Bertha Speaks Out, and Bertha Fights Back; and four books in her Faces Behind the Stones series. She wrote two prior books related to Alzheimer’s disease, titled Memories are Precious: Alzheimer’s Journey—Ruth’s Story; and Sharp As A Tack or Scrambled Eggs: Which Describes Your Brain?

Fran has three masters degrees, and a Ph.D. in supervision and administration. She worked in the New York City public schools as the reading and writing staff developer for more than 36 years, during which she also served as musical director for shows and ran the school’s newspaper. She is a member of Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and Who’s Who of America’s Executives from Cambridge.

Fran writes reviews for authors upon request and for several websites. She hosts a radio show on in which she interviews New York Times, and Indie Book Award winning authors.

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A Daughter's Promise 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Fran tells the story of her time as a carer for her mother Ruth, who was battling Alzheimer's. When Fran first found out about Ruth's diagnosis, she honored her mother's wish and promised not to confine her to a nursing home. This was Ruth's greatest fear: "if it were up to the staff of the hospital I would have been placed in a nursing home and left to be forgotten with the rest of the people who have this terrifying, humiliating, and awful disease." This book is a love letter from a daughter to her mother. Fran states: "I hope that this book and what I have written will help anyone that has a parent, grandparent, child, aunt, or uncle hit by this dreadful disease to understand it from the viewpoint of the caregivers and the person that will never be the same." Fran describes the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's in general and details the memory loss, deteriorating health, and changes in behavior in her mother, in particular. Fran concludes the book with tips for caregivers to look after themselves, tips on caring for their loved one, and a list of online resources. While Fran kept her promise to her mother and never regretted her decision, she does admit that looking after an Alzheimer's patient may not be the right decision for everyone and that not all nursing homes are as bad as the ones she experienced. Fran's account is interspersed with the words of Ruth herself, written at various stages of the disease. Fran tells us: "I created this book from the years of personal journals that my mother kept from the moment she realized something was wrong." Ruth's account is heartbreaking in places: her loneliness at being ignored by neighbors she has known for over forty years and, especially, when she realizes her daughter Marcia has died. Ruth's contributions give us a great insight into the thoughts and feelings of the Alzheimer's sufferer. Only a few events are actually detailed in the book, and these are repeated a number of times, albeit from a slightly different perspective each time. This may be a deliberate technique by the author to mimic the tendency of a person with Alzheimer's to repeat the same story over and over again. We are left with a touching insight into how this disease affects two strong women. I love the addition of the photo album of family snaps at the end of the book. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (17 November): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/11/a-daughters-promise-by-fran-lewis.html
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A Daughter's Promise is a compelling memoir that follows author Fran Lewis' mother Ruth Swerdloff's journey after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and the affect that the disease had on Ruth, Fran, and their family. Ruth and Fran take the reader on an emotional journey as they recount Ruth's difficult battle as the progression of the disease overtakes her life, and the tragic affect that it had on Fran as her primary caregiver. As a retired nursing home administrator, I couldn't help but become captivated by this bittersweet story. In my twenty years of running nursing homes, I have watched many patients, families, and caregivers as they tried to navigate and deal with this heart wrenching disease as best as they possibly could. A Daughter's Promise is a beautifully written and very moving memoir that documents the very sobering struggle that Ruth endured while battling the disease, and how Fran was determined to keep the promise of providing home care for Ruth instead of placing her in a nursing home. You can't help but feel compassion and empathy as Ruth's story unfolds, it will tug at your heartstrings as both Ruth and Fran's account of this devastating disease changed their lives. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I appreciated the very detailed information, facts, and website links that Fran provides the readers if they should ever find themselves facing this journey with their loved ones. A Daughter's Promise is an amazing memoir that will tug at the heartstrings and stir the soul. Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
CMash More than 1 year ago
A poignant, heartbreaking, and at times emotionally raw, memoir of the devastating disease of Alzheimer’s affecting both the patient and family that love her. This book touched me to the core in more ways than one, in the different roles of my life. A daughter, having been the sole caretaker of my own mother several years ago and as a retired nurse, caring for patients afflicted by the disease. A once vibrant, independent and active woman, Ruth Swerdloff, starts to realize that she is starting to forget the little things in life. And then the shattering diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. It also tells of the stages of this cruel disease, and what it robs the patient of, that has it. The story is told in both Ruth’s and her daughter’s, as the caretaker, perspectives. How it destroys the mind of the patient and the emotional and physical toll it takes on the caretaker. It is a book, that I feel should be read by everyone, because I believe a reader may, unfortunately, could find themselves in either situation. A touching and tragic story of a daughter’s love and a beautiful legacy to her mother Ruthie!!! A must read and highly recommend!
AnnStanmore More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book by Fran Lewis. This is a very personal, emotional, heart breaking but also heartwarming tribute not only to a courageous lady but also her daughter.   Fran remembers how her mother Ruth reacted and subsequently coped from when she first realised she had Alzheimer's.   Fran also recalls how she herself struggled at times to keep her promise to her mother. This amazing story is even more special in the way it is told from two perspectives,  Fran's and also Ruth's.  The courage, strength but also much love shine all the way through.  I have to admit to shedding a few tears in places. Ruth or affectionately known as Ruthie, had lived a very active and busy life. She helped so many and was involved in programmes to help disadvantaged individuals and communities also helping to foster women's rights and so much more.  It was tough to realise she could no longer help others but needed to accept help herself.  One of the hardest things was the realisation that she was no longer in control of her own mind. This book gives a wonderful insight to living with Alzheimer's and the many obstacles to overcome.   Many of us will know or be connected to someone who has this dreadful disease from caregivers to family members who will find this helpful.   My grateful thanks to Fran for sharing this story and also for keeping her promise. I hope many will read and gain help from this unique story.