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Holding on to Mamie


My Mother, Dementia and Me

a memoir by Elizabeth Murray

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Holding on to Mamie


My Mother, Dementia and Me

a memoir by Elizabeth Murray

"I'm sorry, Liz," she said finally. "I'm so sorry. I just don't know what's happening to me."
Had Elizabeth Murray not been absorbed with her own ill health, she might have been more concerned about her mother's unusual behaviour. She wanted to believe that her mother's actions were nothing more than the normal aging of a sometimes difficult and determined woman. It was easier to push aside her worries than to confront her fears that her mother was in the early stages of a debilitating disease. 
Holding on to Mamie is a daughter's poignant memoir of her mother's bewildering decline from dementia. The symptoms - loss of short term memory, mood swings and a growing paranoia - all played a role in the isidious transformation of a once vibrant woman but it was her mother's betrayal and the discovery of a cache of acerbic notes that hurt her daughter the most.
Dementia became a relentless enemy as Mamie fought to avoid its grip and Elizabeth struggled to hold on to the loving mother she had always known.
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Elizabeth Murray


Elizabeth Murray


Elizabeth lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, son and two Standard Poodles. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, she practiced law from 1985 to 1997 where she had the opportunity to write frequently. After a second bout of cancer in 1997, she retired to spend more time with her family. Elizabeth is a voracious reader and lover of the printed word. Holding on to Mamie, her bittersweet recollection of the incredibly challenging years of her mother's life with dementia, is Elizabeth's first book.

 



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Dementia now affects millions of people now and will touch many more as our population continues to age. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Holding on to Mamie will be donated to organizations dedicated to providing support for families who live with dementia.

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