Never in a million years would I have imagined the pain witnessing a loved one - let alone my mom, suffer from memory loss. The matriarch of our family, the one that gave birth to me and my two younger brothers, the wife of 65 years to her one and only love, my dad. and the one that has held our family together through the toughest of times with her positive outlook, humor and grace. Mom is now the one who needs my support. There is still so much we do not understand when it comes to cognitive decline. What I have seen is a slow progression that appears as normal age related lapses of memory. Then, as if overnight... poof! A completely different dimension rears its ugly head. Not only is this confusing to family and friends - mom is also confused, sad, and frustrated that her her worst fear is happening - her mother had dementia. On good days mom says, "I hope I have the kind of dementia my mother had; she was happy and always smiling" all the way to the end. Grandma's nurses tell us grandma's final act was reaching up from her nursing home bed, with arms stretched overhead as if reaching out to the angels above her to take her home again. My hope is mom's angels will someday show her the same peaceful path.
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Thank you from the Perez family!
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