A fantastic, heart-warming read which gives an insight into the experience of Reg as he cares for his elderly mother who has been diagnosed with dementia. As he says in the opening of the book – “All illnesses affect not just the patient but all those who for and love that person” and this was something which I didn’t really think too much about until reading this short book. Not only was it incredibly honest, but it was clear to see the love which brought himself and his Mum together.
This book is written in a diary format, with various entries between January 2014 and May 2015 which included various visits and examples of conversations and events that took place between those dates. You also learn a bit about his family which is a nice touch because it’s interesting to read about the context and situation that Reg is in, whilst taking care of his Mum.
I would definitely recommend this book, whether you know someone with dementia or not because it allows you to gain an insight into the difficult challenges that arise whilst being a carer, which we will all probably be able to relate to some time within our lives, whether this is currently or in the future. I’m so glad that Reg shared his experience because it was a fantastic and living tribute to his Mum. I’m sure his Mum is very proud of him and appreciates the extent that he devoted his time towards her – a son that many people could only dream of.
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I’m also planning on buying Reg’s other book, Dear Charlie, about his daughter Charlie who was killed in a train accident in 2005. I’m sure this will be just as heartbreaking as this one but will make an equally touching read.