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I like medical stories and mysteries; I like subjects of amnesia and other brain-related issues. That's why I had very high expectations of Watson’s book and strong feeling of must-read towards
It seems that Christine had anterograde amnesia meaning than the transfer from short-term memory to long-term memory is impossible and in consequence a perosn is incapable of creating new memories. One of the therapy to make Christine's life bearable, regain some memories and giving a kind of exercise to her brain is writing a journal.
I read that this activity may have an influence on intrinsic memory and somehow can create new habits in people’s brains with memory loss. Then even if you memory is incomplete, you're able of performing new activities instinctively. That sounds like a hope and a light in a tunnel.
What struck me was change in her attitude. During her therapy in mental hospital where she was full of emotions, anger, struggling inside, going crazy (you can't blame her) and then this fire somewhere disappeared. I lacked the intensiveness of this internal struggle. I had to wait till the last chapters to see her motivated and ready to fight for her life.
What was really interesting was written between the lines. Memories, our past experiences, our choices and people create us. Now we take it for granted because we have unlimited access to those. But once we lose them we're so vulnerable and insecure. It's worth to remember each moment and to think about popular saying "Seize a day" not as a cliché but as a universal life rule.