"Still Alice," the 2007 novel by neuroscientist Lisa Genova, tells the story of an accomplished Harvard professor who, at 50, receives the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. The story documents her attempts to come to terms with its progression as she determines to live her life to the fullest.
A successful and happily married mother of three, Alice Howland initially passes off her increasing forgetfulness as mere stresses of a full life, but when she gives her class the same quiz two days running and gets lost in the neighborhood in which she has lived for years, she realizes that something is very wrong.
Alice's diagnosis changes everything, including her relationships with those closest to her, as she struggles with the realization that she may not live to see - or recognize - the milestones in her children's lives, or even her children themselves. In addition to her own fears, she must deal with the fears of her husband and children.
Author Lisa Genova, who received her Ph.D in neuroscience years before writing the book, did exhaustive research into early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, including ongoing correspondence with many living with the disease.
"Still Alice" served as the basis for the 2014 film of the same name, starring Julianne Moore in the title role.