A Daughter’s Promise
An estimated 5.5 million Americans across a broad range of ages have Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The disease takes its toll on caregivers, 35 percent of whom in a recent survey reported that their own health had worsened due to care responsibilities.
A Daughter’s Promise
By FRAN LEWIS
"Heartfelt and emotionally wrenching, A Daughter’s Promise is a story of life and love set against a metaphorical journey that rings with optimism against a backdrop of the impossible toll a disease like Alzheimer’s has on a family."
In A Daughter’s Promise, author Fran Lewis chronicles her mother’s struggles in coming to terms with the degenerative effects of Alzheimer's disease. Fran’s mother, Ruth, kept a journal about her ordeals with the various stages of this debilitating and dehumanizing condition. Fran weaves her mother’s personal journal entries into the book, while describing her own difficulties in caring for a loved one whose actions lacked sense or clear, sound reasoning.
Says Fran of her mother, “Her outlook on life was remarkable, and although her mind began to wander, she never lost sight of who she was, her sense of humor, or her family. This is the story of someone whose courage went beyond what most people could endure, and whose never-dying zest for life kept her alive. I hope our story will help others in coping with this difficult and demanding disease.”
The titular promise Fran made to her mother was that she would never place her in a care facility. And she kept her promise to the bitter end.
The book also contains lessons Fran learned from her experiences, as well as numerous tips for family members and caregivers of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
“Heartfelt and emotionally wrenching, A Daughter’s Promise is a story of life and love set against a metaphorical journey that rings with optimism against a backdrop of the impossible toll a disease like Alzheimer’s has on a family. Fran Lewis’s beautifully written tale spares not a single word in finding light amid a growing and pervasive darkness, even as it salvages hope from despair. This is Tuesdays with Morrie for a new generation, a brilliant depiction in fact of what Nicholas Sparks does so well in fiction.”
—Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author
“This memoir of Alzheimer’s is unflinching in its honesty. At times, it is so raw that you may want to look away — but don’t, because the pain of this story is outweighed by its courage, devotion, and love.”
—Brian Freeman, Amazon bestselling author
A Daughter’s Promise captured the first-place award in the “memoirs” category in
the Authors Talk About It book cover design contest, October-November 2017.