Disease: When Life takes an Unexpected Turn
When journalist Hunter MacIntyre is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, he realizes that his life is about to change, not to mention that he’s been handed a certain death sentence.
Alzheimer’s is a disease affecting the patient’s loved ones as much, if not more: Hunter’s partner Ethan and their five-year-old daughter Amy. How will they react to, and deal with, Hunter’s changing behavior, his memory lapses, and the consequences on their everyday lives?
Disease – When Life takes an Unexpected Turn is a story of Alzheimer’s, seen through the eyes of one affected family.
Released as paperback and ebook from Beaten Track Publishing on October 26, 2017.
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“A moving, compassionate, and poignant tribute to the enduring bonds of family amid disease, this account should be a must-read for anyone in the throes of an ordeal involving Alzheimer’s disease.”
This story should be read by all people who are affected by Alzheimer’s—patients, families, and friends. As a doctor in the geriatric field, I encounter many people with Alzheimer’s dementia, and while Disease is a tragic story, it gave me so much hope.
It is an exceptional read.
“No words I write can do justice to the story. It is one of the most incredible stories I have ever read. The story is beautifully written with characters that steal your heart.”
“Having lost a friend to Alzheimers this year I approached this with a little trepidation and curiosity. It took me a little while to settle into the format, the sufferer trying with increasing difficulty to document his life as his disease take hold of his mind and his partner who is commenting on the file he has found containing these insights into a deteriorating mind. It can be shocking at times. Just when you are enjoying Hunter’s reminiscences you are brought back to reality with a thump. You realise that his wonderful memories will be gone before he is. So many aspects of his life are affected by his dwindling ability to remember.”
“I enjoy a book most when I am drawn into it and forget it is fiction. A book that will pull my emotions to the point I have to stop and take a breath. This book does just that. ”
“I really believe this is a book that needs to be read because it highlights the point that Alzheimer’s doesn’t care who you are or how old you are. It’s a heartless disease that blows in like a bad storm, leaving behind a trail of tears and destruction.”
“This is a “must read” for anyone who has loved ones or friends going through this. Writing it from the viewpoint of the person who is facing death, inch by painful inch, was positively brilliant because it projects the reality so much clearer and teaches you what you could expect if it was written by someone you loved.”