Somebody Stole My Iron

By Vicki Tapia

Biography & memoir, Health & well-being | Paperback, eBook


Navigating the waters of dementia can be frightening, unleashing a myriad of emotions for everyone involved, precipitating anxiety and grief, anger and frustration, extreme sadness and feelings of hopelessness. After the Vicki Tapia’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, followed closely by her father with Parkinson’s disease-related dementia, she struggled to find practical, helpful information to light her way. Somebody Stole My Iron began as a diary to help her cope, but emerged as a road map for others. It offers a glimpse into her family's life as they rode the waves of dementia, sometimes sailing, other times capsizing. This engaging memoir offers useful information from experts within the field of Alzheimer's research, personal lessons the author learned along the way, and ideas/tips for managing the day-to-day ups and downs of dementia. Somebody Stole My Iron is a story of holding on and ultimately learning to let go, transcending the pain and turmoil to discover love and compassion. Above all, Somebody Stole My Iron chronicles the tenacity of Tapia’s mother as she fought her way through the tangled and bewildering labyrinth. The narrative offers hope to those whose lives have been intimately affected by dementia, letting them know that they are not alone.


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Navigating the waters of dementia can be frightening, unleashing a myriad of emotions for everyone involved, precipitating anxiety and grief, anger and frustration, extreme sadness and feelings of hopelessness. After the Vicki Tapia’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, followed closely by her father with Parkinson’s disease-related dementia, she struggled to find practical, helpful information to light her way. Somebody Stole My Iron began as a diary to help her cope, but emerged as a road map for others. It offers a glimpse into her family's life as they rode the waves of dementia, sometimes sailing, other times capsizing. This engaging memoir offers useful information from experts within the field of Alzheimer's research, personal lessons the author learned along the way...


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What was my impetus for writing "Somebody Stole My Iron?" Writing has been the means by which I've processed the twists and turns in my life since I was a teenager. Setting my thoughts to paper provides me with solace in times of stress or sadness. Throughout the years of caregiving for my parents, I was especially drawn to journaling in an attempt to make sense of what was happening...how my parents were changing and how it affected and ultimately changed me. Writing was the one constant in my life that made no demands and asked nothing in return. At the time of my parents' decline, I did not find the support networks that are available today on the web and often felt I was alone in a dark place, with two demented family members pulling on me. During this time, an idea began to take shape in the back of my mind. I wondered if a written description of our family's journey might shed some insightful light for others traveling a similar journey through dementia. Having talked to numerous people struggling with many of the same caregiving issues and lack of information, I felt there was a need for an outstretched hand offering tips or "lessons" learned along the way. Those of us traveling the dementia road share a common bond, and my goal in writing this memoir is to help make other people's journeys less lonely and painful. Please visit me at www.SomebodyStoleMyIron.com


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What was my impetus for writing "Somebody Stole My Iron?" Writing has been the means by which I've processed the twists and turns in my life since I was a teenager. Setting my thoughts to paper provides me with solace in times of stress or sadness. Throughout the years of caregiving for my parents, I was especially drawn to journaling in an attempt to make sense of what was happening...how my pare...


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