"Janaan Manternach has a remarkable ability to see the sacred amidst the daily challenges and blessings. Every caregiver has a story, but not every caregiver can share his or her story so that others might learn, be uplifted, and be humbled. In her story as a caregiver to her husband, Carl J. Pfeifer, who was a person with Alzheimer's, she gives an honest review of things that she did well and things she would like to to over again." Barbara Vasiloff
"I'd Do It All Over Again and I'd Do It Better shows the beauty and breadth of humanity in our resilience and in our ability to grow and understand.
"Janaan Maternach openly describes the challenges she faced in caring for her husband as he struggled with Alzheimer's disease. She shares her own weaknesses, confusion, and difficult decisions. Her frankness and courage reveal the universal connection of our stories. Her growth, wisdom, and insights provide a model for those facing the crisis of illness and aging.
"The keenly observed details and powerful clarity of her writing command our interest and attention. She helps us to see possibilities — more love, more forgiveness, and more gratitude for even the most difficult parts of life's journey. This is a beautifully written and rich book that is generous in all the gifts the reader will receive." John August Swanson
Posted by MaryLouise Chesley-Cora on Nov 16th 2020
This book by Janaan Manternach was so moving. I happen to have known her dear husband Carl as well. There are several other close friends who have had spouses who suffered from this terrible disease. Her experience is one that gives insights into how to recognize and respond to a loved one who struggles with the unknown on a daily basis.