Melting Ice Shifting Sand: One Couple's Journey with Alzheimer's Disease (Paperback)
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Written by Marjorie Burke with her husband, chronicling her and her husband's experience with Alzheimer's Disease - her as the caregiver and Donald as the one living with the disease. A deeply honest and moving account of their struggle with this awful disease.
Melting Ice ~ Shifting Sand is a love story. Written in two voices, it is the story of finding meaning and balance and finding a way back to each other in a constantly shifting world. It should be required reading for everyone who is caring for, living with, and loving someone who has dementia. Marge and Donald's story is both brave and inspiring.
~ Martha McLoughlin, Program Director, Homestead Granite Ledges of Concord
Woven through with poetic images and illuminated by heartbreakingly comic stories of everyday life on the Alzheimer's journey, this blended narrative provides a rare glimpse into the minds and hearts of both an Alzheimer's patient and his caregiver as this husband and wife team navigate plaque-filled pathways toward an unknown future. Offering both hard-earned wisdom and grace-filled acceptance, Marge and Donald teach us how to walk this labyrinth, which leads inevitably toward a center filled with both death and the promise of resurrection.
~Shirin McArthur, Executive Editor, Communication Clarified
The Burkes have written a deeply honest and moving account of their struggle with Alzheimer's. As the book moves forward, Donald's voice fades and Marge's continues and grows - with strength, courage, and love. A unique contribution to the literature on living with Alzheimer's. Read it and laugh, weep, and learn, as you find understanding support for your own journey.
~The Rev John McCausland, the Burkes' pastor at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Weare, NH
I learned much from Marge's beautiful and heartfelt writing. Many people will benefit from reading about the journey and faith-filled navigation of life with her beloved Donald's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
~The Rev. Linda J. Spinella, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice Spiritual Counselor