Five Minutes of Amazing
by Vicky Graham , Chris Graham , Wendy Holden
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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This story poses a profound question – we do not accept the hand that comes out of treating us, or we must fight to make it the most of the life we have and help others in the processChris Graham, only 38 years old, but already facing advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, has categorically chosen this last oneHaving experienced a childhood disorder, Chris joined the British Army at a young age and found that the life of a soldier who had been provided to him with a sense of stabilityHowever, his world was turned upside down when, at only 34, he was diagnosed with some form of early dementia.This brutal illness had already cost his father his life at 42, along with several other members of his family, and tragically had already confined his brother for a retirement home at the age of 43 yearsIn his brother’s life, Chris could see a terrifying window into his own near futureChris, however, is an extraordinary human beingAfter being handed nothing less than a death sentence, he decided at night to resist this horrible disease and do something to leave his mark before it was too lateAnd so it was that last year, Chris undertook a 16,000 mile solo awareness cycle around North America, armed only with his bike, a sense of humor, and some of the good old British grainLeaving his always favourable wife Vicky and baby son of Dexter at home, he took enormous difficulties – for example, the fear that the ability to discern the left from the right could leave him at any time when sailing an entire continent, and made him home in time for Christmas, determined to spend so much he left his love and attention pouring into his family lifeFive Minutes of Amazing is both the story of Chris’ epic journey and his increasingly accepted fight against disease as the definition of the disease of our generationInspiring and heartbreaking to an equal extent, it is as important as it is in motion, a
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