Offaly woman's book ‘A Reason to Love More’ gives another meaning to Alzheimer’s

By Offaly Express Reporter


By Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly woman's book ‘A Reason to Love More’ gives another meaning to Alzheimer’s

A Reason To Love More

A new book in which a daughter describes her innermost feelings and experiences while helping her mother cope with the dementia, Alzheimers, will be launched at a function at The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Monday, September 26 at 7pm.

Anne Joyce from Cloneygowan is a first time author, wrote the 230 page book titled A Reason to Love More – The Alzheimer’s Enigma over a period of three years following the shock news that doctors diagnosed her mother Nelly with the disabling disease.

Anne Joyce

She wrote the book as a therapy suggested by her personal adviser. Ultimately she found that while it was a tough journey, her experience of her mother’s Alzheimer’s had a hidden reward and meaning.

“At times this book will cause you to laugh out loud. At other times it will move you to tears” say the publishers.

Books editor Helen Ashdown in a foreword to the book, said: “When someone close to you loses their faculties and their independence, what do you do? What can you do? When Nelly Joyce was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her children set out with their mother along her lonely path to guide her with loving arms, and helped to manage her illness as best they could in difficult circumstances with frightening episodes and heart-breaking situations on all sides. Their way of coping with and, ironically, ‘enjoying’ their mother and each other at this time was a revelation.

“A sensitively told, day-by-day account of the emotion, the challenges almost beyond human endurance and the joy that small victories can bring, gives insight that numerous technical reports can never do.

“Anne Joyce in this sad, funny, uplifting and true account of the journey from the day her sisters thought that something was ‘not quite right’ with their mam’s behaviour gives an insight that only those who have experienced Alzheimer’s can understand. She offers another way to handle one of the cruellest diseases of all. Her compelling story offers hope, meaning and reward. That is the enigma.”

Anne Joyce is from Cloneygown and has three children Daron, Sarah and Lailah. A professional dressmaker in Dublin in the 1980s, she returned to her native county where she opened a dressmaking, design and alterations business in Portarlington.

A Reason to Love More- The Alzheimer’s Enigma is published by Three Sisters Press, Ltd. and is available in good bookshops.