Most families have skeletons in the closet. For my wife's family, there was a Monster, a type of dementia that robs loving, intelligent individuals of everything-their dignity, their personality, their memory, their finances, and their minds. The skeletons are the remains of loved ones after the Monster has finished with them. The family members who are t devoured by this beast are, even so, crippled and maimed by its effects on their loved ones. Little did I kw when Evelyn and I married in 1970 that this Jabberwock would come a'calling on us. My wife at age 60 is w vastly gone, with memory of her children, or me, or our life together. To our -horror, one of our children has tested positive for the autosomal dominant (inherited) gene that is the pathway for the dementia Monster's entrance. We pray for a cure. Dementia: The Monster Within is t an extensive explanation of dementia, although we show some of the science involved to help give understanding. It is first and foremost the story of our family, along with the stories of a few others who have met the Monster. Our experiences may be helpful in recognizing the initial assault. This book also provides a framework of essential steps necessary to prepare both caregiver and loved one for their futures. Most importantly, if you have been affected by this Monster, you should understand that you are t alone in your struggle. There is an ermous responsibility in giving balance when sharing hope of curing these diseases. It would be unconscionable to offer false hope. Yet, there is every reason to have hope. As we write, clinical trials are being conducted for treatments, but each individual needs to be realistic-t every disease will be cured before causing harm to some of our loved ones. Tens of thousands of scientists in hundreds of research facilities around the world are making discoveries about dementia almost daily. Some of these discoveries will lead to treatments, and some will lead to cures of some of the dementias. This ermous investment in research will pay off with dynamic discoveries. We cant give up hope that the future holds a way to ... SLAY THE MONSTER!