It's time to get personal and share what's going on in my life.
Right after the June newsletter was published, our family received the diagnosis we were dreading: my mother, Barbara, has Alzheimer's. While this was not a surprising diagnosis, her memory and health have been failing for a couple of years, it was devastating. She is only 76. Our hearts are broken and we are lost.
The good news is her overall physical health is stable, and her memory is ok. She may not remember what she had for breakfast, but she knows the members of her family and her closest friends. Who needs to be be quizzed on breakfast! We have an excellent team of doctors working with us and our team is growing as we reach out to elder care experts.
It wasn't lost on me that we received the diagnosis on Friday June 19th; Saturday June 20th was the 1st anniversary of my Aunt Alice's passing from Alzheimer's Dementia (Mom's sister) and Sunday June 21st was the Longest Day, Alzheimer's Awareness Day. I looked up and said thanks for the signs, I got the message!
So while we figure out a plan over the next few months, we will also take action, getting involved with the Alzheimer's Association and other advocacy groups. Mom taught us to never give up, so we won't. Game on!
Peace, Love and Sparks! Deb