Several years ago, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with dementia. While every story is different, I had knowledge of what would lie ahead from my own grandmother whom we lost to this horrible disease. I knew we were in for a difficult journey.
I watched as my mother-in-law struggled, first with understanding what was happening to her and then to hold onto her memories, and her mobility. I watched my father-in-law, who was as devoted a spouse as anyone could ask for, lose his wife while still physically having her by his side. After several years of dealing with this I saw what the stress and anxiety was doing to my father-in-law. We lost him August 2022. While we never expected him to pass first, often times the pressure on the primary caregiver becomes too much to handle. My faith tells me that he is now at peace, and we will see him again someday.
I am walking for all those lost, and those continuing to battle. I am walking for my wife and son who have shown unwavering love and caring to my mother-in-law and father-in-law. I am walking for hopes for a future where this disease is better understood, better supported and where there is medical help if diagnosed, and of course an eventual cure.
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