Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley tells the story of the author’s experience after her mother, Linda Williams, was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia. (Williams-Paisley also shares stories from before the diagnosis, such as when she booked Father of the Bride, or married Brad Paisley). The book shows how dementia can change a person, and change a relationship, but that it can also create a new bond between parents and children.
It was educational to read about Linda’s specific condition. Many people have a loved one with dementia, but the form that dementia takes often varies greatly from person to person. My favorite thing about the book is that it reminds readers that people with dementia should not be written off by society. They may be far different from before, but their lives have great purpose and value.
You can find Where the Light Gets In here.