Motherhood: Lost and Found

Motherhood: Lost and Found

by Ann Campanella

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BN ID: 2940153700427
Publisher: Divine Phoenix
Publication date: 03/20/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,112,689
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Formerly a magazine and newspaper editor, Ann Campanella writes creative nonfiction and poetry. After a chain of personal hardships, including a series of miscarriages and her mother becoming ill with Alzheimer’s, she felt compelled to share her story. She is the author of several collections of poetry including the award-winning What Flies Away. Her work has been published in local and national journals and anthologies. She lives on a small horse farm in North Carolina with her family and animals. To learn more about the author, visit her website at

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Irene Olson More than 1 year ago
Although a memoir, and therefore non-fiction, Ms. Campanella’s book reads like a novel. This book needs to be read by everyone, not just those who have a close family member with dementia. This memoir is a story of life-obstacles and how one runs into, climbs over, or destroys those with which one is confronted. There are times in our lives when we sense no victories are forthcoming, and times when we can boast that we created our own victories because of the way in which we chose to not be affected by all that would try to beat us down. This book is also a story of how dementia creeps into a family’s life, bit by bit. As an outside reader looking in, you may say, “Doesn’t this family see what is going on? Her mother seems to exhibit textbook symptoms of cognitive decline, why don’t they recognize them?” Unless and until you too have a loved one with cognitive impairment, such a declaration cannot be allowed into one’s lexicon. When we love someone so dearly, oftentimes the hope we have for their well-being coats our vision in such a way that we rely on the best-case scenario, rather than the reality that points to the possibility of one of the worst imaginable diseases. As a former caregiver for my father, and as one who has been intimately involved with other Alzheimer’s caregivers, in order to survive the moment, we need to believe the best oftentimes just so we can get through the next day…or even the next hour. Added to the author’s “normal” is the fact that she and her husband desperately crave a child but when one would think the universe owed them a break, given all else that is going on in the family’s life, such a break is not easily bestowed, although much-deserved. You will find yourself in the bleachers, cheering on nature’s gift that is not necessarily a given in many couples’ lives. If you have yet to read Ms. Campanella’s memoir, please do yourself a favor and read it. Regardless of where you are in life – carefree or severely burdened – you will benefit greatly by what the author and her family experienced. You will also gain a greater understanding of how you might help those with whom you are acquainted who are similarly encumbered.