If you happened to watch the Golden Globes last Sunday you may have watched the lovely Julianne Moore accept an award for her performance of a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease in a movie called Still Alice.
I read Still Alice when it was published a few years ago and its unflinchingly honest picture of a woman working through the diagnosis and symptoms of this disease was remarkable. The impact of this story has stayed with me ever since. In a very humanistic way the story reveals how Alice tries to make sense of her diagnosis and navigates her changing life. The story pulls in Alice’s relationships with her family and the layers of life that are altered when a loved one is living with an illness, and more specifically, one that involves irreversible cognitive impairment.
As difficult as it can be to hear stories like this, Still Alice also shows us the bravery, strength, awareness and spirit that so many people diagnosed with a life changing illness carry with them and live out day to day.
The book is an excellent read. I highly recommend it. You will not be able to put it down.
Still Alice was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and also in a few select theatres. For those interested in the movie, Still Alice will be released in theatres at the end of January.