Things We Do for Love

Families – can’t live without them…
… and sometimes can’t live with them.

THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE is a family saga that explores what a happy family means.

Daisy Bach, a therapist, has always been certain that she did not want to have children. Her childhood experiences with an overbearing and controlling mother, Verity, who tore the family apart, further cemented this decision. However, at the age of forty-five, Daisy finds herself reconsidering this choice.

Unfortunately, her decision to try and conceive is complicated by her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. With strained family relationships, Daisy faces the daunting task of caring for her elderly parents while also attempting to conceive.

As she navigates this challenging time, Daisy is forced to confront her deep-seated resentment towards Verity. This journey leads her to re-evaluate her beliefs about motherhood, forgiveness, and the true meaning of a “happy” family. Will Daisy find a way to reconcile with her past and make peace with her present? Only time will tell.

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WHY THIS BOOK – Alzheimer’s, that relentless foe, affects millions worldwide, and its grasp is only growing stronger. But the real heartache lies in witnessing a loved one gradually lose themselves – their memories, their personality – like a fading star. It’s like watching a stranger inhabit the body of someone you hold dear, and it’s a pain that cuts deep.

But what if, instead of fearing Alzheimer’s, we find a way to embrace it? What if we turned this seemingly insurmountable challenge into an opportunity for growth and love? That’s the spark that ignited the creation of this extraordinary book.

For 15 years, I, along with my sisters, cared for our mother, who lived with Alzheimer’s. She was once a force of nature, always on the move, but we watched helplessly as she slipped away.

Yet, amidst the chaos and confusion, we unearthed something extraordinary – the essence of humanity itself. A gentle, peaceful, and awe-inspiring soul emerged once her personality was stripped away, a soul that brought our family closer and filled our hearts with unbridled happiness. I knew I had to share this incredible journey with others facing similar challenges, offering a beacon of hope in the midst of despair.

Things We Do For Love” is a story of love, resilience, and the unexpected beauty that can emerge from life’s most challenging moments. This book challenges Tolstoy’s famous sentence, “All happy families are similar,” and shows that happiness is a private definition, and thus, each happy family is different.

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