Book Description

His doctor tried to reassure us. He said, “The good news is that these diseases won’t kill you.” I was not reassured. I took the doctor aside. “Are you telling me he’s going to lose his mind and his mobility?” So begins the slow decline of a patient diagnosed with both dementia and Parkinson’s disease, and the struggle his partner goes through to care for him at home. Each page depicts a snapshot of life as a carer; the unintentional anger, the flashes of impatience, the relentless vigilance, and the never-ending chores. McDonald doesn't sugar-coat the task of caring for her debilitated partner and anyone who has taken on the role of carer will nod in understanding. These raw verses capture all the emotions, the guilt and the humor of being a carer.