Just Love Me reveals the thoughts and emotions of a woman struggling with a suddenly unmanageable life; numerous hospitalizations,
suicide attempts, everyday turmoil, and finally, the arduous search for an accurate diagnosis. By looking at the youthful, vital, attractive women before them, for years doctors never suspected the culprit to be Alzheimer’s disease
This account is unique in that most books on the subject of
Alzheimer's are written by a care partner or medical professional. Lee’s book joins only a handful of other accounts written by person’s living with early-stage dementia. Just Love Me should be required reading for anyone who has any contact with a person afflicted with AD, whether by birth, marriage,
friendship, or a professional relationship. Jeanne Lee's very personal, frank description of her life experiences before, approaching, and during the early stages of AD enables readers to better understand the disease from the inside out; a view not often seen by non-sufferers. By getting inside the mind of the author and experiencing with her the worries and frustrations that constantly torment her,
the symptoms of AD become less enigmatic for the reader.
|Publisher:||Purdue University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Jeanne L. Lee was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in 1941. She is the very proud mother of five children and four more by marriage. Her thirteen grandchildren are a large part of her life, even though they are miles apart. She has owned hair and nail salons, a printing brokerage and a bar and restaurant. She has also managed bars, graphics and printing shops and has even flown planes. After years of suicide attempts, marriages and mental institutions, her diagnosis was somewhat of a relief. She was no longer crazy; there was a name for this thing that was turning her world upside-down. It did not take too long to embark on a new journey promising herself no one else would go through this kind of suffering. She began a support group for early stage Alzheimer's when she could find little help elsewhere. Her next goal is to acquire funding to begin the first USA Alzheimer's Cafe (begun in the Netherlands), which allows a place for lectures, camaraderie, outings, exercise, love, laughter and tears for people with Alzheimer's and their supporters.