Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s
“…An enduring love story.” – Publisher’s Weekly starred review
“The vulnerability, courage, and honesty in Before I Forget are heart-opening. Fear can be paralyzing…yet B. and Dan beautifully demonstrate that there is a different way to approach this stealthy invader. Alzheimer’s needs to come out of the shadows, and this book is an important step.”
— Maria Shriver
“Before I Forget, Dan Gasby’s valentine to his wife, B. Smith, courageously lifts the veil that shields those with Alzheimer’s. It is moving testimony to the power of love and the true meaning of what “in sickness and health” really means. Before I Forget is, quite simply, unforgettable.”
—George and Trish Vradenburg, Co-Founders, USAgainstAlzheimer’s
“A powerful portrait of Alzheimer’s…marked by strong emotions and often bleak honesty.”
–The Washington Post
“Alzheimer’s is an overwhelming and devastating disease. We’ve got to put a line in the sand and do what we can to make a difference. If sharing our story helps one person, it’s worth it.” – Dan Gasby
“It’s going to be interesting… Whatever happens in this year is the future. What has been given to me has been given to me. It’s not the worst thing. It’s a lifestyle that’s totally changed. But we’re alive… I want to continue to be the best I can be.” – B. Smith, in Before I Forget
Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer’s patient. She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.
B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer’s day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way.
At its heart, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope.
In the following clip, TODAY’s Al Roker speaks candidly with B. Smith and Dan Gasby about their day-to-day struggles with Alzheimer’s and how the disease ultimately strengthened the couple’s relationship and solidified their role in the ALZ community as trailblazers: