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“On Pluto” by Greg O’Brien

“On Pluto” by Greg O’Brien


This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US—and the only one of these diseases on the rise.
More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide.

Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and is one of those faceless numbers. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey. O’Brien is a master storyteller. His story is naked, wrenching, and soul searching for a generation and their loved ones about to cross the threshold of this death in slow motion. On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is a trail-blazing roadmap for a generation—both a “how to” for fighting a disease, and a “how not” to give up!

My Thoughts:

This was a very difficult for me to read because the subject matter hits very close to home. I found myself having to read it in small chunks so I didn’t get overwhelmed. That being said, this book is chock full of good information about Alzheimer’s. Mr. O’Brien relates his daily struggles with the disease in a way that is very approachable for the reader and also gives the reader an immense amount of insight into what this disease looks like as it progresses and the kind of challenges that loved ones and caregivers will face as time goes on. This book is also full of hope. The author talks a lot about what is happening in the medical community in regards to treating Alzheimer’s: the various avenues of research that scientists are pursuing, the treatments that are currently available, and the kind of lifestyle changes that can help the patient and caregivers cope with the symptoms. If you know someone with Alzheimer’s or have it yourself, I think this book is a must-read for the insight and hope that it will give you.

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4/28/19 at Alinefromabook

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all having a relaxing day. The sky is rather gray and cloudy but we had lots of sunshine yesterday. The snow is finally gone and the grass is starting to green up nicely. We’ve also got leaves budding on the trees which I love to watch. The songbirds are back. I was awoken by one this morning, though it sounded more like he was giving a lecture than singing a song. I still waiting to my first rabbit of the year. There are lots of wild rabbits in our area and they have a little path going across our yard but still waiting to see the first one this year.

April has been a pretty stressful month at work. We’re making this big transition of job duties which has might learning a lot of new stuff on top of what we already do. That has meant quite a bit of overtime and less reading time. Hopefully it will all settle down in the next two weeks and I can be a bit more relaxed. My son will be finishing his first year of college in the next couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. The end of a school year also means he has another birthday coming up.

I have been doing some reading and listening. Hopefully, I will get reviews up soon of “A History of Women in Medicine”A History of Women in Medicine by Sinead Spearing, and “The Murderer’s Son”The Murderer's Son by Joy Ellis, audio book version. I am currently reading “The Night Window” The Night Windowby Dean Koontz. My next listen will be “A Game of Ghosts”A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly and my next read is one that my father has been asking me to read. It’s “On Pluto”On Pluto by Greg O’Brien, subtitled “Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s”. I may have mentioned here that my mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my dad says that after I read this book he will tell me what page she is on. I’m really not sure I want to know what’s to come but curiosity will win the day. So with fear and trepidation I’m going to dig into this man’s story.

That’s it for today’s random rambles. I hope you all have a great week and read some fabulous books along the way.

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