Bleeding Hearts: A True Story of Alzheimer’s, Family, and the Other Woman by Tami A Reeves ~ Book Review
Alzheimer’s is a disease that is very close to my heart. My grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s and it was absolutely devastating. Those of you that know my story know that she was more a mother than a grandmother for me. She raised me when my mom was unable to. Which may be why her illness was harder on me than her other grandchildren. Alzheimer’s truly is an illness that takes away your loved one in such a horrible way.
This book is beautifully written, and really let’s you feel you’re not going through this alone. I am grateful that the author shared her story by writing this book.
Right now, 44 million people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease worldwide. But this staggering statistic fails to incorporate the invisible victims—the loved ones whose lives are forever altered. Now, author Tami Reeves is breaking the silence on a taboo topic: what happens when your spouse is no longer “here?”
“If you told me 20 years ago that I would become ‘the other woman’ I probably wouldn’t have believed you,” says Reeves in her new memoir, Bleeding Hearts. “But a patient’s spouse has every right to find love and support through other people. I wasn’t taking the place of an ailing woman; I was a part of her husband’s healing process.”
A kind of death…Alzheimer’s not only steals the patient’s life but also devastates the family—no one more so than the spouse, who is now married to someone no longer “here.” Bleeding Hearts is the candid narrative of a husband torn between love for his wife and the need to move on with his own life. Told by “the other woman,” whom he meets at a time when he most needs her, the story of Eric, his wife, family, and new love, Tami, breaks the silence on a sensitive subject–offering comfort and insight to those struggling with the conflicting emotions that arise when Alzheimer’s strikes the one you love.
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About the author…
Tami A Reeves (1963- ) was born in Concord, California to deaf parents, grew up, for the most part, in Midland, Texas, has lived for 30+ years in Colorado, and now currently resides in Germany. For 25 years she worked in a family business and became a registered nurse, working as a trauma nurse, pediatric nurse and a school nurse. Her first attempt at writing, from her memoirs, “Bleeding Hearts” was done so out of her passion for gaining awareness for the support for the spouses of Alzheimer’s victims.