|About the Book|
Kathy LaTocha is just another single woman in her early 40s, living a semi-normal life, when her world comes crashing in around her, leaving her with scars that will last a lifetime, but also a renewed faith in the God she had abandoned. For theMoreKathy LaTocha is just another single woman in her early 40s, living a semi-normal life, when her world comes crashing in around her, leaving her with scars that will last a lifetime, but also a renewed faith in the God she had abandoned. For the Love of Mom is a poignant, bittersweet, yet captivating tale of Kathys nine year journey as her Moms caretaker after Alzheimers (known to her as The Hated One) infiltrates their lives. While it is filled with incredible pain and bears witness to her own slow descent to the dark side of life, it is also a story of great love, enduring faith and renewed hope. Brutally honest, it offers up true emotions of caretaking that few are willing to express. Beginning with the last week of Moms life, the story unfolds over the countless hours Kathy spends at her bedside as she slowly succumbs to The Hated Ones final act of cruelty. Numb, scared and filled with a sorrow that holds no bounds, Kathy sits holding Moms hand and travels back in time, remembering the woman who raised and loved her. She relives the moments that show Mom as the kind, gregarious, tough-as-nails, complex woman she once was. As death draws nearer, the memories of the disease itself begin to surface and Kathy relives the dark, sinister times that have led them to this final outcome. The last part of the story unveils life without Mom and Kathys intense struggle to survive the loss, forgive herself and begin to live once again.