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Who Will I be When I Die?

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By (author) Christine Bryden

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  • Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 172 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 14mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184905312X
  • ISBN 13: 9781849053129
  • Edition statement: Revised.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 14,071

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Christine Bryden was 46 when she was diagnosed with dementia, and in this book she recounts the emotional and spiritual rollercoaster she found herself on immediately afterwards. It provides unique first-hand insights into how it feels to gradually lose the ability to undertake tasks most of us take for granted, and is all the more remarkable because of Christine's unwavering positivity, and her deep sense that in spite of the dementia her life continues to have purpose and meaning. Originally published in Australia in 1998, the book includes a new Preface, a contribution from one of Christine's former colleagues and a new appendix in which Christine explains how the disease has progressed and how she is now. It also contains many not-before seen photographs of Christine and her family, from around the time of her diagnosis up to the present day. The prequel to "Dancing with Dementia", this book will be of interest to people with dementia and their families, friends and carers, as well as to dementia care professionals.

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Christine Bryden worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a senior executive in the Australian Prime Minister's Department. Following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 1995, she was instrumental in setting up local support groups for people with dementia and has addressed national and international conferences. In 2003, she was the first person with dementia to be elected to the Board of Alzheimer's Disease International. She is the author of Dancing with Dementia, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Christine lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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Christine Bryden was 46 years old when she was diagnosed with dementia, and in this book she describes her remarkable emotional, physical and spiritual journey in the three years immediately following. Offering rare first-hand insights into how it feels to gradually lose the ability to undertake tasks most people take for granted, it is made all the more remarkable by Christine's positivity and strength, and deep sense, drawn in part from her Christian faith, that life continues to have purpose and meaning. Originally published in Australia in 1998, the book is brought up-to-date with a new Foreword, Preface and Appendix, in which Christine explains how the disease has progressed over the years, and how she is today. It also contains many previously unseen photographs of Christine and her family, from around the time of her diagnosis up to the present day. Inspirational and informative in equal measure, Who will I be when I die? will be of interest to other people with dementia and their families, as well as to dementia care professionals.

Table of contents

Preface. The Diagnosis. 1. I'm too young! 2. The first signs. 3. The second opinion. Who Will I Be When I Die? 4. At least you can't die from it! - wrong!. 5. You look so well! - if only I had cancer! 6. A terminal illness - so why are we ashamed of it? What's It Like, Having Alzheimer's? 7. Clinging to a precipice with my fingernails. 8. From 'super-memory' to losing the plot. 9. A confusion of sight and sound. 10. A jumble of words. 11. Life's essentials. An Adventure into the Unknown. 12. Trying to be prepared. 13. My car's an alien spaceship! - and other oddities. 14. From 'super-mum' to dependent mum. 15. A scary road ahead? Where to Now? 16. Our fifteen minutes of fame. 17. Do I really believe in healing? A Postscript - A God of Surprises! 18. I'm getting better! 19. A 'miracle cure'? Thank God God's in Charge! 20. Getting onto 'God's roller-coaster'. 21. Why me - and why Alzheimer's, God? 22. Is God a 'bandaid'? 23. Am I afraid of dying? Appendix. What is Alzheimer's disease?