Lisa lives in New York with her husband, and her mom lives in Florida. Lisa was never very close to her mother, and the two did not get along very well in their younger years. Her mom now has Alzheimer’s and the relationship has changed. Lisa now feels understanding and love toward her ailing mom that she has never felt before. The true story has no revelations about the disease or any enlightenment for others facing the same ordeal with a loved one. It’s just one woman’s personal journal sharing her conversations and thoughts. Pictures of Lisa as a youngster with her mom are interesting additives and take up space, but have little to do with the present situation.
This book was a disappointment for me. I thought it would be a narrative of a daughter as a caretaker for her Mom who had Alzheimer's; however, it was more of a diary of mostly long-distance phone conversations between the two. There were some accounts of the daughter’s visits with her mom, but Lisa is not the caretaker. Each chapter includes posts from reader’s of Lisa’s on-line blog. The husband’s comments at the beginning of the book somewhat sums up the whole narrative. As someone who went thorough the same kind of long-distance ordeal as Lisa, I feel compassion for both Lisa and her mom, but I did not find this an overly inspirational story about the disease.