Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's


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“A powerful portrait of Alzheimer’s…marked by strong emotions and often bleak honesty.”
The Washington Post

“The vulnerability, courage, and honesty in Before I Forget are heart-opening. Fear can be paralyzing…yet B. and Dan beautifully demonstrate that there is a different way to approach this stealthy invader. Alzheimer’s needs to come out of the shadows, and this book is an important step.” 

—Maria Shriver

Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient. She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.
B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer's day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way.
At its heart, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope.

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ISBN-13: 9780553447156
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 157,264
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

B. Smith was a true American success story. Born in rural western Pennsylvania and faced with what would be, for most, insurmountable obstacles, Barbara “B.” Smith was one of the first supermodels. She wrote three highly acclaimed cookbooks, and over a 28-year period founded three successful restaurants, while also launching a nationally syndicated television show and a magazine. She was the first African-American woman with home products distributed exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. She was also a recipient of numerous national and local awards for helping those in need. B. Smith passed away in 2020, at age 70, from early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Dan Gasby has been a television media sales executive and a television producer for both network & syndicated programs. He helped publish and launch B.'s eponymous magazine and helped cofound her lifestyle retail brand.

Michael Shnayerson is a long-time contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He is also the author or co-author of six books, among them entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte's My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race and Defiance. He has also published an unauthorized biography of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, The Contender.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Part 1 Little Signs of Difference 1

Part 2 The New Normal 35

Part 3 Putting Aside Pride and Privacy 67

Part 4 Queen of the Three Rivers 95

Part 5 Brave, Then and Now 127

Part 6 Time to Speak Out 149

Part 7 Walking in Her Shoes 177

Part 8 Stalking an Unstoppable Disease 205

Part 9 Alzheimer's and African Americans 243

Part 10 The Road Ahead 265

Resources 299

Acknowledgments 307

Index 311

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