A post from 2016 that seems fitting for today. Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in the United States, and I’m grateful to my new friends at the worldwide Network for Grateful Living for helping shine the spotlight on Alzheimer’s!
After being introduced to their site, I was inspired to write a piece about Alzheimer’s and gratitude, two things we don’t necessarily see as going hand in hand. We know this disease brings with it pain and sorrow, shattered dreams, and disappointments over lost opportunities. We mourn uniquely beautiful lives cut short, and we struggle to say goodbye to what could (and should) have been. It’s a journey none of us would choose.
However, like anything in life, perspective matters. Some days, I could easily curl up in a blanket and sob for hours about how unfair it is that I began to lose pieces of my mom before I was out of my 30’s. Even as I write these…
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Network for Grateful Living originates from people I know from Ithaca, NY. It’s a beautiful community. It’s hard to be grateful for Alzheimer’s, but I can be grateful that my mother and I had time to heal our relationship and feel the Love. I still feel her cheering for me. Love to you and yours.
Ann Napoletan said:
It really is a lovely community, Elaine. I’m sure your mother is watching over you with incredible pride at the incredible human being you are and the positive impact you have had on so many lives, including mine. Love to you, my friend.