An Evolution of Love

An Evolution of Love

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Bob passed away on April 7, 2006, from Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) at the age of 50. He struggled mightily with this illness and we struggled with him, gaining an even greater respect for this fine man, as he slowly succumbed to a progressive and irreversible form of dementia.

This book captures the memory and character of “Old Bob”—the Bob we knew before the onset of an illness that robbed him of his talents and capabilities. It also shows the ways in which we learned to cope with and appreciate the “New Bob”—the Bob we cared for and lived with through the course of the illness.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011860836
Publisher: Georgetown Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/16/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 124
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marie Sykes is a PC Analyst for an insurance company in Philadelphia, PA. She became passionate about Frontotemporal Dementia in 2003, when her husband, Bob, was diagnosed at the age of 47. Marie began working on An Evolution of Love a few months after Bob passed away in 2006.

Michelle Stafford is a Hospital Pharmacist in Langhorne, PA. Like Marie, she came to learn of Frontotemporal Dementia when her father, Bob, was diagnosed. Michelle personally handles the online presence of An Evolution of Love, including this website, social networks, etc.

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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite I have to admit that I've never heard of Frontotemporal Dementia, although after reading the book I believe my great-grandmother may have had either that or something similar. This disease is a slow killer, first crumbling away cognitive and thought abilities before eroding away the actual personality of those afflicted with the disease.  An Evolution of Love was meant as a tribute to a very well loved man, Robert James Sykes, Jr. It succeeds in that endeavor by bringing to light the life, joys, and struggles that Robert and his family faced. It details how complicated it is to care for a family member who is slowly losing who they were, and the emotions and sadness that accompany something like this. The book quite literally takes the reader through Bob's life - from birth to death, as well as including scientific information about this particular brand of Dementia. It includes photographs depicting Bob and his family at different milestones and serves as a great reminder to those of Bob's accomplishments and his personality as it was before the disease.  An Evolution of Love is Maria Sykes' heartfelt and dedicated memoir and memorial to her late husband. It paints a unique picture of the man as an individual who was kind, giving, and cared for his family. The book provides thoughtful commentary on Frontotemporal Dementia, as well as some of the tools that worked for the Sykes family in dealing with the difficult process of losing their husband, father, etc, at a painfully slow rate.