This post from Lonna Whiting is one of the most poignant pieces I’ve seen. So many of these are things I’ve felt or experienced – plenty I’m not proud of. But, it’s raw, unfiltered reality. It’s confirmation that only someone who has experienced this disease can truly understand. Incredibly sad, yet oddly comforting. In time, if we’re lucky, we reach a point of acceptance; we love and enjoy the time we have left with our loved ones despite the fact they aren’t who they once were. But at the end of the day, we still HATE this disease more than words can say… Thank you for your courage and honesty, Lonna.
Visit Lonna’s blog at http://lonnawhiting.wordpress.com
Helpful, so true, and sad. I recognize so much of this as my mother sank into Alzheimer’s, but knew because I’d seen the same pattern in my grandmother. Grateful to Lonna Whiting and to you for sharing this, Ann.
Ann Napoletan said:
Thanks for your comment, Elaine. I wish I’d had access to (or knowledge of) so many of these resources early on in my mom’s journey. Just knowing I wasn’t alone would have been a godsend… the thoughts, the uncertainty, the fear, and the guilt. All things other caregivers have experienced, and perhaps more importantly – have survived.