My mother, Mary "Dee" Brown was a top student, earned a Master's degree, was a fantastic art teacher, wife, mother, and grandmother. Now, she sits lost because of a disease that stole her from us.
First it was cancer, treatments, and relief that it was conquered. Then we started noticing "chemo brain," then forgetting things that were said five minutes prior. The next thing we knew she was having trouble cooking dinner (she was an awesome cook), she lost things, she got confused easily. Then she started getting agitated at nightfall, got angry at her family, and slept a lot. Finally we knew my parents could no longer function on their own and moved them from Roanoke to the house right behind mine. It was only a matter of months before things got so bad we had to move Mom to Twelve Oaks. Shortly thereafter Covid hit and the world shut down.
It's hard to say when I lost my mom. We would still talk and joke around just a few years ago. Now she sits sleeping in her wheelchair and no longer interacts with the world.
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