My Mother, My Son illustrates the power of love and a cruel twist of fate. A son
who came from a struggling family that had little means was able to fulfill his
mother’s lifelong dream to be successful, a “big shot” with all the status and
trappings that entailed. Little did they know that her dream would end with a
disease that had become an integral part of his livelihood.
Clark became a successful executive in the senior living industry, his mother
was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and became a resident of one of his
memory care communities. Even though his life’s work dealt with the elderly and
memory loss, he still has to come to terms with the diagnosis and the painful
realization that his mother would one day forget who he was and the dreams and
memories they had shared. This story chronicles the life of the author’s feisty
and wildly devoted, single mother, her childhood in India, the memories of a
struggling young family and the many life lessons that she taught him along the
My Mother, My Son is a touching memoir. Taking a journey with the Clark family, from the fun times Dwayne spent with his mother to the turbulent times when she begins her own fight with Alzheimer's, this is a hard-to-put-down book. I have a friend whom's life has been turned inside out as her mother slowly loses herself to the disease. Not only is it hard for the person themself, but the emotional turmoil it can do to a family is heart-breaking. This book is well-worth the read to anyone who is struggling with someone they know with the disease, or if you're like me, a mother with a son. A bond that transcends time, a mother always wants the best for her child. A brave, brutal, honest and yet inspiring novel that will edge its way into your heart.
ABOUT DWAYNE J. CLARK
Dwayne J. Clark is the founder and chief executive officer of Aegis Living. With
more than 25 years of senior housing experience, Dwayne has helped thousands of
seniors age with dignity, comfort and compassion. Dwayne’s focus and passion in
business is to redefine the concept of “corporate culture.” He has studied
business models from companies known for world-class innovation, including
Costco, Nordstrom and Starbucks. With the knowledge gained from these companies,
he grew Aegis Living from a dream to a company of over 2,000 employees with the
goal of staff satisfaction being the driving force. Aegis Living has been voted
“best company to work for” many times by Washington CEO magazine. Dwayne has
been honored in numerous ways for his contribution to business, as well as,
senior housing. He was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year,
honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Senior Services and granted the
Bastyr University Mission Award.
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