We all deserve memories of a lifetime.
Although my mom lived a long life, her last few years wasn’t as good because she suffered from this horrible disease. We started noticing her forgetfulness and odd behavior before my dad’s health decline in 2016. Mom knew something was wrong with her brain, but always said we need to focus on dad, or ”we have too many medical bills from dad’s heart surgery.” Even doctors told us to get mom evaluated, but she wouldn’t follow through with appointments we made.
Soon after my folks moved into assisted living, mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in August 2017.
Until you have experienced someone living with Alzheimer’s you will never realize what a wicked disease it is. The craziest moments with Alzheimer’s has to be the “sundowning” experiences. The saddest moments where the times mom forgot the dad had passed(5/15/18). The sweetest times were when she settled down listening to her favorite songs… after just having a major meltdown. Oh there was some funny moments, like when she asked my sister and I, if we packed her dancing shoes, when we moved her to Michigan (she had been in a wheelchair for a couple of years). And the many times, with her lack of a filter, she would say the boldest things like, “you need to lose weight!”
Luckily mom knew who I was, along with my siblings and her grandchildren up to the day of her passing on May 2, 2020.
Oh mama, I miss you so, but I will continue to fight for a cure for Alzheimer’s in your honor.
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