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Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

作者 : Wendy Mitchell

出版社 : BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING

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定價 : NT 499

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「一段關於患有早發型阿茲海默症的患者,勇敢又充滿啟發性的心靈和生活故事。」─莉莎‧傑諾娃,《想念我自己》作者

溫蒂‧米契曾過著忙碌的生活,平日忙於工作、獨自照顧兩個女兒,假日則是用在慢跑、爬山等嗜好上,原以為生活就會照著這樣的步調繼續過下去,但米契卻發現,身邊的世界一點一點脫離了原本認識的框架。

她曾經以為非常了解的自己,變得越來越奇怪,失憶的症狀出現的次數越來越頻繁,求助醫師後,58歲的她,發現自己患了早發型阿茲海默症。

但米契並沒有因此被打敗,靠著無比的決心、毅力,她想出了許多方法來對抗認知衰退,其中一個就是「記憶房」,在這個房間裡,米契用照片和標籤來讓自己記起女兒、好友,和重要的場所。

現在米契還是獨自生活,平日用便利貼和科技產品來提醒自己的每日行程,並且將自己的經歷回饋給社會,讓醫界、照護者了解患者的需求、想法,也幫助阿茲海默症患者度過人生中的難關。

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK Brave, illuminating and inspiring, Somebody I Used to Know gets to the very heart of what it means to be human. What do you lose when you lose your memories? What do you value when this loss reframes how you've lived, and how you will live in the future? How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who are supposed to mean the most to you? When she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of fifty-eight, Wendy Mitchell was confronted with the most profound questions about life and identity. All at once, she had to say goodbye to the woman she used to be. Her demanding career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Philosophical, profoundly moving, insightful and ultimately full of hope, Somebody I Used to Know is both a heart-rending tribute to the woman Wendy once was, and a brave affirmation of the woman dementia has seen her become.
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