With just hours left in the campaign, they made it!
Congratulations to Zoë & Micah!
Photo courtesy of Zoë Smurr.
Although we may not understand or agree with the choices others make along the way, it isn’t our place to pass judgment. Every family does what they feel is right for their unique and personal journey through Alzheimer’s. As you read on, please keep an open mind. Thank you. ~Ann
Zoë Smurr is a writer and documentary filmmaker from Fresno, California. She’s also intimately familiar with Alzheimer’s disease. Her father, John, was diagnosed with younger onset when Zoë was just 15-years-old.
Eight years later, she has set out to create a 12-minute documentary that honors her dad while tackling a difficult topic. It’s For My Dad: An Alzheimer’s Documentary will follow the Smurr family’s journey as Zoë and her fiancé make plans for their August wedding. It will explore how Alzheimer’s affects family dynamics, daily life, and the intricacies of relationships, love, and marriage.
A Fork in the Road
Annette & John on their honeymoon in 1990. Photo courtesy of Zoë Smurr.
Throughout life, we arrive at various forks in the road where a path must be chosen. Although we may not know where either road will lead, turning back isn’t an option.
This is one of those moments for Zoë’s mother, Annette, and it’s where this story is different than most. As the family eagerly prepares for the impending nuptials of Zoë and Micah, Annette is also approaching a life-altering event.
She will soon be ending her 25-year marriage to John and will wed his caregiver, a gentleman she met eight years ago at an Alzheimer’s support group meeting. Lest anyone wonder, Annette stresses how excruciating this decision has been; it has taken an enormous amount of reflection and contemplation.
I’m thankful that Zoë is graciously allowing me to share her family’s story (with Annette’s blessing). We know that every 67 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer’s. It’s inevitable that unless there is medical breakthrough shortly, the numbers will grow exponentially in the coming years. As families face decisions that will alter their lives forever, we must continue the dialogue and that includes stories just like this one. Continue reading