Finding Mom in the Midst of Alzheimer's: A Daughter's Journey of Healing, Reconciliation and Acceptance

Finding Mom in the Midst of Alzheimer's: A Daughter's Journey of Healing, Reconciliation and Acceptance

by Dianne R Osmun

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Overview

Have you experienced the pain of watching a loved one suffer from Alzheimer's disease? Finding Mom in the Midst of Alzheimer's is written from the perspective of a caregiver who has experienced lifelong emotional and verbal abuse at the hands of a parent, who was later consumed by the devastating effects of dementia.

Author, Dianne Osmun, shares her own story of caring for her mother, who has Alzheimer's Disease. Through her transparent, raw account, readers will:

Understand the insidious nature of dementia, while also gaining pragmatic insight and guidance on caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's.

Understand the dynamics of abuse and how, through understanding, you can overcome childhood traumas, so that you are able to love and accept your loved one as they are now

Understand how to identify supports and resources to help navigate the murky waters of dementia. You don't need to suffer alone. Start your own journey of healing, reconciliation, and acceptance today.

DIANNE OSMUN has the rare perspective of having a mental health background, along with education in fine arts and experience in advocating for victims of violence and abuse. This uniquely qualifies her to view dementia within the context of abuse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640852174
Publisher: Dianne Osmun
Publication date: 07/20/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Dianne Osmun is the author of Creston and Finding Mom in the Midst of Alzheimer's, A Daughter's Journey of Healing, Reconciliation, and Acceptance. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Human Services. She has two burning passions: to help improve the lives of others and to express herself creatively. She has been able to fulfill those passions through being a Life Enrichment Assistant at a senior living community, a Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist, a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, a Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, a Caterer, an Interior Designer, an Artist, a Girl Scout Leader, and a Parent. She enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking, throwing pottery, and creating glass art. She and her husband, Jason, are the proud parents of seven amazing and bright children within a blended family.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Kary Oberbrunner

Preface

Part 1 In the Beginning

1 Making of a Belief System

2 What's in a Diagnosis?

3 The Shifting Sands Upon Which Our Foundation is Built

4 A New Way of Life

Part 2 An All-Encompassing Affliction

5 How Did the Corn Get into the Garage?

6 A Loss and A Celebration

7 I Drove the Lawn Mower into the Ravine

Part 3 Everyone Needs a Little Help

8 I Have a Proposition for You

9 What Makes You Think You Can Do This?

10 The Counter-Proposal

Part 4 Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Potholes Along Life's Highway

11 Let Me Introduce You

12 My Cats are All Gone

13 This is My Cousin Nancy

14 Do You Know My Dad's Phone Number?

15 Genealogy Tells a Story

16 I Think Someone is Playing Games

17 I'm Proud of You

18 Expect the Worst and You'll Never Be Disappointed

19 Fresh Conversations

20 Do You Know What Happened to My Teeth?

21 Touring the Skywalk

22 I've Never Had My Own Account Before

23 I'm Not After Your Job or Anything

24 Those Aren't Your Glasses

25 Making God Laugh

26 I Don't Know What I was Doing Fifty-One Years Ago Today

Part 5 Turning Points

27 I'm Going to Say Something and You're Not Going to Like It

28 Damned if I Do, Damned if I Don't

29 Milestones

30 Don't I Get Any Say in This?

31 I am Taking Back Control of My House

32 Limbo

Acknowledgements

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