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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
There was so much going on with Dale’s health in My Disappearing Act: Into the Abyss of Dementia by Todie West that he and his wife Patsy were not concerned about her forgetting things as they had both written it off as stress. During her yearly check-up, her doctor wanted her to have a brain scan. Her symptoms showed that she might be suffering from dementia and he wanted to make sure. The scan revealed that she was in the early stage of Alzheimer’s and her doctor discussed a treatment plan with them. Dale looked after the house and Patsy, but as his own health deteriorates, he realizes he can no longer look after her. He gave her son Mark full power of attorney for her well-being and estate and she went to live with him and his family until there was an opening for her in a home.
My Disappearing Act by Todie West is highly emotional and although it is fictional there are so many truths contained in it. The story helped me understand what goes on in the mind of an Alzheimer’s patient. The pace was fast enough to be interesting and kept me reading and turning the pages. The events flowed naturally into each other. The characters were well developed, and I could relate to them. Patsy’s character was strong from the beginning and she accepted her fate. The story is well written in the first person and through Patsy’s thoughts, we get to know her and her feelings. With the information provided, we learn how to understand and take care of people suffering from Alzheimer’s. They need to be understood and loved.