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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas DeBaggio Narrator: Cotter Smith, Linda Emond, Thomas DeBaggio Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was embarking on the golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, and the herb garden he spent decades cultivating.


One winter day, he told his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness. After it subsequent battery of tests, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account that charts the ups and downs of early onset Alzheimer's -- a form of the disease which can he particularly ravaging to younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on his memory.

DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we tend to overlook it. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think and ultimately, to survive. As his life is reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shines through.

A testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just an account of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating story of one man's battle to stay connected with the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “DeBaggio vividly articulates the profound shock and despair of one person in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a story made all the more compelling because the person is himself.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Poetic and funny, painful and poignant…Losing My Mind is a haunting, enlightening work.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A brave, disturbing, immensely personal story…the insights are so pure, so startling, it’s a remarkable offering.” 

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “DeBaggio’s vivid descriptions of changes in memory and thought patterns, as well as his nocturnal visual hallucinations, illuminate this harrowing disease as few other first-person accounts have.” 

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Terrifying, invigorating, and life-affirming. We owe Tom DeBaggio a debt for his tireless curiosity.” 

    David Shenk, author of The Forgetting

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyce | 2/15/2014

    " This is a fascinating memoir written by a man afflicted with Alzheimer's and discussing how he manages to live. While I would have thought that the fear of memory loss would predominate, in DeBaggio's case he ruminates repeatedly over the prospect of his death knowing that the prognosis after diagnosis is a matter of a few years. I read this as an accompaniment to Still Alice, an excellent fictional account of a woman going through the same process, and the two worked perfectly together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting to hear what someone who has Alzheimer's says about the progression of his disease, but I didn't learn much more than I already knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colleen | 1/31/2014

    " Pretty amazing first person account of getting Alzheimer's. Also has some science/research of the disease mixed in, which is a bit dry at times, but still worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tama | 1/7/2014

    " Mr. DeBaggio's first book about his diagnosis and the fears of a different future than he had ever imagined. Beautifully told and heartbreaking. "

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