A Story of Friendship in the Face of Dementia
Memoir of experience with dementia
From point of view of friendship
Faith and hope in the face of disease and death
With nearly 10 million new cases diagnosed every year, dementia is something many people face. Karen Martin’s story about her friend Kathleen, however, is overwhelmingly one of love and persistence. Their genuine friendship and faith, despite their half–century age difference, is at the heart of this story. Charting highs and lows from pre–diagnosis to Kathleen’s eventual passing, this moving tale highlights the difficulties and joys of facing dementia, through the lens of friendship.
Karen began writing in earnest after winning the Henley Literary Festival prize for a short story whose central character was living with Alzheimer’s. She went on to achieve a distinction in her Writing MA at Warwick University where the seeds of this book were sown. Karen has recently returned to her roots in the Cotswolds following thirty–years in Maidenhead.