Book Review: Letters To Momma Jean

Reflections On Dementia, Caring And Love

Sunday, July 7, 2019 - by Valitus Edwards BS, MA English

Letters to Momma Jean
Reflections on Dementia, Caring and Love by Liz Cooper

Even if you’re not an avid reader this book should be read. It’s a love story of perseverance and determination to give back to one who has given to you. 

Karma says what you give to the world you will eventually get back from the world. 

Dementia can rob a person’s sense of self. Some will suffer in silence while some are fortunate enough have family support to sustain them. This story is not only about how one family is dealing with this calamity but shows how it can be adapted and applied to other situations that can affect a family’s way of life, living and lifestyle. 

Liz Cooper, the author and caregiver to her mother, employs facts, commentary and letter writing to illustrate an extended family’s devotion to the care of their love one. 

The book is almost poetic and an enjoyable read. It is 70 pages long with short digestible chapters that will have you stop and think of what has been said. It will have you looking at your now and future situation as it applies to you or a love one eventually being felled with a sickness. 

It has simple guidelines on protecting an afflicted person from “predators” and themselves. 

Her reliance on God, and a faith that will not shrink, is the foundation of Ms. Cooper’s strength. I will forever be affected by reading this book. 

 


Erlanger Achieves Certification In Hip And Knee Replacement And 1st Ever Certification In Total Ankle

CHI Memorial Mammography Health Coach To Visit Hamilton County Dec. 14, 18

BREATHE. EASY. Mobile Lung CT Coach To Visit Soddy-Daisy Dec. 9


Erlanger Health System has achieved certification from DNV-GL for total hip and knee replacement, as well as pioneered the first total ankle replacement certification. Officials said, "These ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at the following locations in December: • Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Worlds Church of the Living God, 2110 ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial’s mobile lung CT coach will be at CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates, 210 Walmart Dr. in Soddy-Daisy, on Monday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. "Lung cancer screening is a test ... (click for more)


Living Well

Erlanger Achieves Certification In Hip And Knee Replacement And 1st Ever Certification In Total Ankle

Erlanger Health System has achieved certification from DNV-GL for total hip and knee replacement, as well as pioneered the first total ankle replacement certification. Officials said, "These certifications are based on the guidelines of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and recognize program excellence in patient care and outcomes. "Prior to Erlanger’s certification, ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial Mammography Health Coach To Visit Hamilton County Dec. 14, 18

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at the following locations in December: • Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Worlds Church of the Living God, 2110 Glass St., Chattanooga, Tn. 37403; • Saturday, Dec.14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Reach One Teach One, 4628 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, Tn. 37416; and • Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Man, 36, Shot On Shawnee Trail Thursday Night

A man, 36, was shot on Shawnee Trail Thursday night. At approximately 9:32 p.m., Chattanooga Police were called to a local hospital after a person arrived with injuries from a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, police spoke with the person suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound who arrived at hospital via personal vehicle. The victim said he was involved in a ... (click for more)

Inner City Youth Who Had $22 An Hour Job At Gestamp Now Headed To Federal Prison

An inner city youth who once had a $22 per hour job with the Gestamp automotive supply firm is now headed to federal prison. Shimel Clifton Knowell, 20, was sentenced by Judge Travis McDonough to serve two years. He earlier had a term of 13 months and one day after a guilty plea to gun possession while under the influence of drugs. However, he was given the higher sentence ... (click for more)

Opinion

A Better Plan Is Needed For Quarry Golf Course At Mountain Creek

With regard to the ongoing saga of the old Quarry golf course and its proposed development, I reject the proposed plan endorsed by the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy (Chattanoogan - Breaking News 11/30/2019) and believe a better outcome can be achieved. There is a middle ground that involves all R-1 construction including preserving the tree, greenspace, streams and ponds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Last Girl Standing

It’s about 90 miles from Chattanooga to Bell Buckle, Tn. Get on I-24 and go west, as you would towards Nashville, and you’ll see the sign. In mid-October about six dozen competitors turned off at the Bell Buckle exit to find their way to Gary Cantrell’s house. It is there that the Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra is held every fall under the watchful eye of ‘Big’ himself, who is better ... (click for more)