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"Dawn writes with great sensitivity to both the cared for and the carer. She shares her own personal journey with honesty and yet with dignity in a way that will help
anyone caring for another to find ways to embrace life, despite its many and varied challenges. This book is easy to read and engaging and will bring hope and encouragement to carers walking this
challenging and yet important path. It will also provide people in general with a better understanding about the issues so many face on a daily basis."
Author, International Speaker and Co-Pastor, Harvest Church London
A very well written and honest account of what happened in Dawn's journey down memory lane with her mother.
This book is for readers who think their loved one may have Alzheimers, for readers who are living with someone with Alzheimers and for readers who have coped and got through the journey with a loved one with Alzheimers.
For myself it brought back memories of when I was looking after my mother with the disease and what I am going through again with my father at this time. Whilst reading I laughed, cried and remembered. I couldn't read the book quickly enough.
I wish Dawn good luck with her book which gives advice and inspiration and above all, raises awareness of what our unsung heroes are living through daily.
There is a very useful appendix detailing where carers can find help if faced by the situation Dawn Fanshawe found herself in.
Mike Kelley M.S.E. - Training Manager Canadian Occidental Oil Co. (Retired) Author, Public Speaker and Charity Trustee
What a great read... It was both moving and thought-provoking... I was transported on your incredible journey. Thank you.
"I read the whole book within 4 days of receiving it, I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to know what was happening next and how it would end.
It is a truly powerful way of writing, it holds you totally absorbed throughout as you go into all the situations being described by the Author. It is bravely written and her courage is to be greatly admired.
A great testimony of the power of love in action and truly inspirational.
Hopefully this book will be of great help and encouragement to everyone, but specially so to those looking after someone suffering with Alzheimer's"
Dawn Fanshawe's book is a truly moving story of pain, healing and forgiveness. A compelling read, impossible to put down. I entered into the carer and cared for's pain as the story developed with intensity. How very vulnerable are those suffering from dementia or any other mental illness and how much are the carer at the mercy of those making decisions beyond their control. The road taken by those who suffer this dreadful disease is long and difficult, not only for themselves, but also for those who love and care for them. This bookhighlights so many issues, along with a great deal of practical advice and information.
This is an honest and compelling account of Dawn's journey caring for her mother with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.
It is simply and beautifully written, informative (without baffling us with science), funny, sad, tender and inspiring.
I am reminded that 'love' is a choice...! Dawn chose to love her mum through the heart-achingly difficult stages of this most cruel disease, grappling with the medical and social apects, whilst dealing with her own life and its ups and downs.
Her personal faith in a loving God, gave her the strength and grace to persevere, to forgive and to love her mum sacrificially.
Dawn's ability to see the "funny side" and her willingness to dance again and again to Elvis helped to keep the spirit of Avril alive and her dignity intact. Glimpses of the real Avril shine from these pages, as does the love of a precious daughter to a precious mother.
A fitting tribute to you both.
I continue to be amazed and inspired by the many carers who love unconditionally behind closed doors. Thank you for writing this book.
I cared for my late husband who had parkinsons disease... throughout Dawn's book, as she relates her own caring experience, caring for a loved one, I feel carers of loved ones with diseases such as parkinsons could well benefit from reading the book as some dementia symptoms are like parkinsons and epilepsy.
The message to all who read Dawn's books as she relates with honesty and compassion and the tlc she gave her dementing mum until her mum's last breath, should inspire all carers of loved ones with its message of hope, faith, love and patience - but above all, faith....