Cathy is a very light-hearted, humorous, calm, sweet Christian soul who lived to serve others, and to make people laugh and smile. She continues to portray these amazing traits with her Memory Care facility family while continuing to face this horrible fate a 15th year. She loves music and to dance; two things she passed on to her youngest of 3 daughters. Her main crush growing up was Elvis Presley, whose name and music can immediately turn her frown upside down. His albums are a part of her everyday life and one of the only things that still activates her inner joy. Hence the team name :)
Cathy is/ was very supportive and loving towards everyone, especially her daughters and grandkids. She served her church family and friends loyally. I (Carissa/ Team Leader) can't express how fabulous she is. She is my best friend, (was) my travel partner and biggest cheerleader encouraging me to chase my inner dreams and use the gifts God gave me. When she realized I enjoyed to sing, act and dance she quickly planned trips to NYC, LA and Nashville with me incase any city offered a natural inspiration. I ended up moving to Nashville in 2014, where chasing my dreams was incredibly difficult with the heartbreaking distraction of my mother's diagnoses and the distance I'd created between us. My sisters were selfless and gracious enough to allow me to move mother closer to me, to a better living situation in a new state and city, Nashville in 2017. Mother still resides in the Nashville, TN area.
I have a song dedicated to my Mother and Father. Mother's is "Strong Like the Whiskey," check it Out if you'd like at this Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvXgQN51qR4
More about Cathy's particular case: Seemingly, a Pseudodementia which is a condition that appears similar to dementia but does not have its root in neurological degeneration. Some people call the condition depressive Pseudodementia, as the symptoms often stem from mood-related conditions such as depression. Mainly affecting her parietal lobe (The Parietal lobe figures out the messages you receive from the five senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste. This part of the brain tells you what is part of the body and what is part of the outside world). She struggles with abnormal hearing, poor eyesight, no taste or smell, loss of communication skills and speech, and the inability to do everyday things such as use and talk on a phone, watch TV, read, understand time, use silverware, and needs help finding her room/ bathroom, etc.
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