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A refreshingly honest memoir, Vicki Tapia takes the reader along with her on a journey down the rabbit-hole of dementia. After her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and her father with Parkinson’s-related dementia during the same year, she became the nearest family caregiver. As a way to cope over the next several years of caregiving, Tapia kept a journal, which eventually morphed its way into this memoir.
Written in a conversational style, laced with humor and pathos, the author weaves lessons she learned, as well as her missteps along the way, into the meaningful narrative. She offers others caring for a loved one guidance and insight, as well as a reassurance they aren’t alone. This memoir is a must-read for anyone experiencing the countless emotional ups and downs associated with the caregiving role.
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** Finalist “Best Woman Writer” 2015 High Plains Book Awards
Vicki Tapia grew up on the plains of eastern Montana. After college, she moved away for 8 years, before happily returning in the 1980’s, realizing Montana will always be home.
Trained as an educator, she spent over 30 years working with mothers and babies, teaching the art of breastfeeding. Along the way, she co-wrote numerous lactation articles, all of which have been published and/or quoted in lactation journals and books.
Her energies were redirected to the other end of life when both her parents were diagnosed with dementia in 2004. Her diary documenting their journey resulted in the 2014 publication of Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia, a 2015 finalist for “Best Woman Writer” in the High Plains Book Awards. She recently finished the first draft of her second book, written about the trials and tribulations of her great-grandmother at the turn of the 20th century, when women had few, if any, legal rights.
Tapia is the mother of three grown children and seven grandsons and a granddaughter. She lives with her husband and Mini-Schnauzer in south central Montana, where she enjoys writing, reading, photography, long walks, hiking, cross-country skiing and the “big sky” of her beloved state.