April 7, 1962 – April 2, 2016

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  1. Connie says:

    My prayers and sympathies. Glenn’s birthday was April 7th too. I feel such a connection to you with our husbands and shared journey. My heart aches for you.

  2. Patty Davis says:

    Karen, we are so sorry for your families loss!! If there is anything we can do please don’t hesitate to reach out. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers!! The Favis family

  3. Patricia Hatch says:

    Thoughts, Prayers, Hugs & Love to all of you. And a new “normal” begins…

  4. Debi Dowdy says:

    Karen, Words can not express the Heartache that you and your family feels right now. God has made him whole. He will always be with you. May God Bless you and your family in your time of need.

  5. Lisa Kimball says:

    So very sorry to learn about Jim. You are in my prayers. ?

  6. Krista Bradshaw says:

    We have been thinking of you all daily…..xoxo

  7. Donna Clark says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Lifting you and your family in prayer. Rest in peace Sir, Thanks for your Service to this Country. God Bless.

  8. Cheryl and Ed says:

    Darlin’ we are here whenever you need us. Love you and the kids. Take care.

  9. LaDonna Snow says:

    I am so sorry. I know that this is a sorrow filled time, as well as a time of relief that Jim has been released from this horrible disease. I pray for peace for you and the kids.

  10. Phyllis Gallagher says:

    Oh Karen, I am so sorry. Strength and prayers for your family and friends.

  11. Julie Clark says:

    Dearest Karen and Family. Where does one even begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Thinking of you at this very sad time.

  12. Sushma says:

    Karen, my heart is broken for your family. We are here for you. Love you………..

  13. Susan says:

    I am so sorry KAREN for your loss. Jim is in a much better place now. Take some time to grieve and give your attention now to your children. They will be your memory of Jim in the way they look and act.

  14. Jadene Ransdell says:

    Prayers for you and your family as you navigate this time of terrible loss. My heart broke a little when I saw your post. Hugs.

  15. Kerry Daniels says:

    So very sorry Karen. I think of you often and will pray for you and your whole family.

  16. pam says:

    So very sorry for your loss…thoughts and prayers to you

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy and I were really good friends when we were young. Every time I visited my Grandmothers house, which was right behind Jimmy’s house, we would spend a lot of out time together.

  18. Hope White says:

    Karen, I am so sorry for your loss, now that Gods has his arms wrapped around you and your children. I have been reading your blog since the beginning and have struggled with leaving comments as it’s such a personal journey for all of us. You and Jim are and always will be my heroes. Go Bless

  19. Maria Cordero says:

    Karen, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Jim was a wonderful person. May he rest in peace.

  20. Sandra Crane says:

    When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help.

  21. Lorrie says:

    My dear sweet lady,I am so without words to express how very sorry I am to hear this news.Jim would be so proud of you for everything that you did for him. You went above and beyond.Please hug the kids,and keep in touch with all of us.We love you!

  22. Lisa Brown Pekala says:

    Karen You and your family have our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Lisa says:

    I have no words for how sorry I am for you and your family. Thank you for allowing us to come along on the journey. Hugs to you

  24. Lynne Mattes says:

    Karen, thank you for sharing your journey with Jim. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family in your time of grief! Your journey has been an inspiration to all of us who are caregivers to someone diagnosed with Alzheimers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  25. Jennifer Johnson says:

    Our deepest and sincere sympathy for your loss. Jim was an amazing man; always bringing a smile to everyone he met. He was a fantastic dad and taught those kids a lifetime of great lessons in a very short amount of time. Jim always treated you like the queen you are Karen. I remember when he helped me plan a surprise visit after Bradley was born. He was so cute planning the surprise – excited for me to come and to take care of “you”! Jim was a special man. He will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on in all our hearts and in the actions of your children. Love you, Karen. I’ll see you soon! Xox Jen

  26. Carol Hurst Long says:

    Karen. Peace. You all are in our prayers.

  27. Chris says:

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Your posts helped me feel that I was not alone. May you and your children find peace.

  28. LaQuita Herrin says:

    I am so sorry for your loss that started long before his last breath. Praying for your family.

  29. Joann Escobedo says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. All my prayers to you and your children. May he be up in heaven with my Jacob who passed at 54 from the same dreaded disease a few months ago. Try to be strong. It’s not easy, but you kids and friends will be surrounding you. Take care. Please reach out to us. We are there for you. JoAnn

  30. Bryanne says:

    This picture captures Jim amazingly. He was a handsome guy with very kind eyes, and just a few years younger than my own father. I am sorry for your and your kids loss. I am glad that even at the end, Jim knew you guys were there. I am also glad that his final wishes will get fulfilled. My prayers are with your family.

  31. JOAN says:

    Deepest sympathy Karen,Jim is finally free.Thanks for
    writing your blog it has been a source of strength.
    Take care of you and the kids and be proud of your
    marriage in good times and bad!

  32. Tuan & Michelle Nguyen says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Jim. The latest pictures of him are wonderful memories of his love of life. Our family will be praying for you and your children. May you feel the warmth and love of your friends and family. Karen, thank you for sharing this journey, I have humbly been reminded of being grateful.

  33. Kelly Troy says:

    Karen, my heart aches for the loss of your husband, Jim. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  34. Mary ellen says:

    Karen , I am so sorry for your pain . You have been a wonderful person for sharing your struggle. My family is in the same situation and you have been a guiding light for me for the past 2 years . Please rest for a awhile but don’t give up the fight . God bless you for all you have done for every family dealing with this tragic disease.

  35. Lord, be with my deceased dear one and with those who have so loved him in this world. Guide him to the light of Your eternal rest and peace, and console those of us who remain with Your strength and love. May all of us use this difficult time to become a source of support and comfort for one another. Amen.

  36. Kat says:

    Karen & Family,
    May your minds be filled with wonderful memories and your hearts be filled with peace. May a smile cross your faces when you remember the special moments you’ve had with Jim. My aunt passed on March 30th. (I think we were living parallel lives the last two weeks.)
    Blessings & Hugs, Kat

  37. Daphne Wise-Klein says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. This is so very heartbreaking. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  38. Julie Pillow says:

    Peace and prayers are with you all. So so sorry Karen. Love coming your way.

  39. Enrique says:

    Prayers and thoughts to family

  40. Freddie says:

    My condolences goes out to you and your children. I’m keeping you and the children in my prayers. Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

  41. Denise Byrum says:

    God bless you and your sweet children. I feel like I know you and Jim and my heart has hurt for you and is now. Praying for you. Thank you for sharing your life and Jim’s. May you feel God’s presence as He surrounds you with love.

  42. Carol Ferris says:

    I am without words. Hugs and prayers for you and your children.

  43. Mary says:

    God bless you all and keep you.

  44. Shirley says:

    Karen have followed you from the beginning and shred this walk with you. You have been about 6months behind us and in fact Wayne died on October 7. As someone said “now a new normal” begins. I pray for peace and relief for you all! My love to you all!

  45. Carole Cox-Carroll says:


    My thoughts and prayers are with at this time of sadness. Although I did not have the opportunity to met Jim, I have grown found of him through your posts and my heart breaks for you. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you ever need anything.

  46. Laurie says:

    my sincerest sympathy is with you and your family. I have followed your blog from the beginning. Thank you for sharing. Each time meant so much. I lost my mother after she suffered for 8 years.

  47. Holly Harrington says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your children. You all are in my prayers. God bless.

  48. Cathie says:

    my prayer from our family to your family is for peace that will come with the knowledge that now Jim is free of all pain and suffering. Please Know he will be with you always.

  49. Jennifer says:

    Karen, I’m so very sorry for your loss. For your and your children’s loss. Praying for peace and rest for all of you in the coming days. ❤️

  50. Sandy says:

    The love of your life is now at peace. I am praying for you and your children and wishing you peace in the days and weeks ahead. ?

  51. Lisa Olsen says:

    My prayers for you and your family. I’ve realized such peace after reading your blogs. I’m not alone! There’s not much written for those of us with teens and a dad with early onset. God bless all of you.

  52. Patty says:

    Karen, Your story was share to me by my sister a few yrs ago. You are a amazing lady with grace and love thank you for sharing your story, our famy has been personally effected by this disease. God bless you and your family.

  53. Jen says:

    Beautiful Smile. God Bless your broken hearts today and the days ahead.

    • Grace says:

      Sending you love and prayers. Thank you for the time, effort and honesty that you put into this blog. And thank you for being a fierce supporter of Alzheimers research. You are an amazing person. I wish you all the best.

  54. Colleen says:

    You and yours are in my thoughts.
    Peace to you.

  55. Laura Suihkonen Jones says:

    There are no words. My prayers are with you all…

  56. Jennifer says:

    Karen so extremely sorry for your loss and your children’s loss. You were a wonderful caregiver and so deeply loyal throughout this journey. Your journal entries really show the depth of love gor your family and your honesty touched so many people so deeply. God be with you and your family!

  57. Katie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for you and your children. May God bless you and give you the strength to get through this difficult time.

  58. Ann says:

    My heart and prayers go out to you, Frances, and Brad, Karen. I truly can’t imagine what this day has been like. I’m so, so sorry. Your family give me all the more passion to make fighting to end this disease my personal mission.

  59. Kelli says:

    Karen, I have been reading your beautifully written blog. I am so sorry for your and the children’s loss.

  60. Teri says:

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers during this very difficult time.

  61. Kathi L.Chasse says:

    Karen I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your children, Sandy, and Diane.

  62. Tamie says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the children. I’m so sorry for the loss and hurt you are going through. Jim could not have had a more devoted wife or tireless advocate by his side than you. You’re blog has been an inspiration for family’s like ours. May you be comforted by years of beautiful memories.

  63. Cynthia says:

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Through all of your heartache, thank you for sharing your journey through your blog. It has helped so many like me who are on the same road.

  64. Dave Lotterer says:

    Mrs Garner,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I was stationed with him in Germany in 1987. I only knew him for a short time and in that time I knew him, he made a lasting impression on me. He was the first person I met when I arrived in Germany and made me feel so welcomed. He was my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless.

  65. Marti C. says:

    Our hearts are heavy for you and your children…may you have peace and comfort in the days ahead and in the future sweet memories. Prayers…

  66. Glenda says:

    Karen, my heart goes out to you and your family. Jim fought long and hard. You have fought along side of him, for him, and for all who have to deal with this awful disease. Jim is at peace. I hope you can find it as well. Take care of yourself and your children. Know that you are loved.
    Our love and prayers,
    Scott & Glenda Miller
    (Yes I told Scott; he remembers)

  67. Jeff Knight says:

    Jeff and I are so very sorry for your loss.

  68. Andrea says:

    I’m so sorry for you and your children, but relieved to hear that Jim is now no longer suffering from this awful disease. Like so many have posted,we too know the pain of loss from EOA. May God bring many wonderful unexpected blessings into your lives over the next few months and beyond.

  69. Kristina Pegram says:

    Seeing his smiling face every day when I go into work, getting him to dance, and toss around the football was always a pleasure. I will miss his smile. God bless you and your family! I am so sorry for your loss!

  70. Cindy Triplett says:


    My thoughts and prayers are with and the kids. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be here if you need me.

  71. People around the world stand with you in your grief <3

  72. Janet Dodge says:

    We were here…with you & him. Peace be with you & jim

  73. Logan Bagley says:

    His body and mind are at rest now. And my prayers will focus on you and your children as you move forward without him. God bless you for allowing us to share this journey with you.

  74. Virginia Russell says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Your posts were so heartfelt and real. You helped me to understand what my mother in law was going through with her husband. God bless your family!

  75. Cheryl Potter says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold you and comfort you and your children. I have a very good friend that has the same disease and watching them during this hard time is so difficult. Bless you

  76. Michelle B says:

    Very sorry sorry for your loss. Jim is free and hopefully with time you will be too. Please live again. You deserve it. Prayers for you and your family. ?

  77. Stacey Grim says:

    Cherish your memories, hold on to each other. You have a guardian angel now <3

  78. Jana says:

    Karen, what a magnificent beautiful smile on Jim’s face in the picture posted here. I hope he is wearing that smile right now and I hope that is what you see when thinkmof him. I am so sorry he has left this life and for the sadness that has caused those who love him.

  79. Koontz says:

    Your amazing Guardian Angel will watch over you forever!!! Keeping you in our thoughts.

  80. Lee Ann says:

    I am so sorry! I’ve been coming back to your page over and over again yesterday and today, fearing the worst. The picture of him is priceless. I don’t know your religious views, but I can picture him when he opened his eyes and he was again healthy and whole, he would be smiling like this. big hugs to you and the kids.

  81. Sue Coates says:

    Dearest Karen, Thank you for sharing your journey with not only hundreds of people on your blog, but also with our precious caregivers in Melbourne just a few weeks ago at our Caregivers Conference. Your children and your precious Jim are so lucky to have you. You have a precious soul that reaches out and touches others as you help guide them on their journeys as well. We love you in Melbourne and we will be praying for you and your children and your family for the days ahead. Sending loving hugs xo xo xo

  82. Jeri says:

    I’m so sorry for the heartache you and your children are experiencing right now, but I’m thankful Jim is no longer suffering. May you all find peace in the knowledge that you are cared for by so many of us. Thank you for everything you’ve done to bring the struggles associated with Alzheimer’s to the forefront. God bless you and your family.

  83. Eleanor says:

    I have also followed your and Jim’s journey. so sorry for your loss, but heaven’s gain.

  84. Kathy says:

    He is at peace, and your family is at the beginning of a long healing. You sounded like a terrific wife – you gave your husband all the love and care possible. May God be with you – he will be, for sure. Someday your family will laugh again.

  85. Michelle Sloan says:

    I am so sad and pray for your family. It was an honor to work with you and your family during this most difficult time. I will never forget this experience. Please know that it has changed my life. Michelle Sloan Interim Healrhcare and Hospice.

  86. Candy says:

    I woke in the dark this morning feeling a part of your vigil.I offer peaceful prayers and hold a space for your relief and your grief.

  87. Janice says:

    I am so sorry. He loves you so.

  88. Jane Gayer says:

    Be at peace oh mighty warrior.

  89. Diane Payne says:

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family….

  90. Marilyn Klotzer says:

    God be with you Karen And the children. May Jim RIP. My love , thoughts and prayers are with your. Diane and Sandy may God be with you. I’ll miss Jimmy. Now hell rest in peace with his Mom,Dadand brothet.

  91. Cheryl Brown Davis says:

    Karen, I have been thinking of you and Frankie and Brad and hope some type of peace will begin to envelop you as you struggle to cope with the new normal. Love to my girl Frankie and please let me know if there is anything I might do for you.

  92. Suaan Boaz says:

    Keren, I am so deeply sorry for your families loss of a man so clearly cherished. Sending respect, comfort and faith.

  93. Kate Pennington says:

    Karen, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your struggles with us. May we soon have a system that truly supports and cares for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

  94. Tami L. Litvak says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your family’s Alzheimers journey. So many of us want to give you and the kiddos (((cyber-hugs.)))

  95. Joanne Berrigan says:

    I can only hope that in the most difficult time ahead, that you can recall the lighter moments, the funny & silly times and you can laugh and feel him laugh with you. You have helped so many know that death is not the end of love or of being. Never doubt that any next step or new experience is without those who love you supporting you.
    You are who you are because of your love for him & he for you and nothing henceforth takes that away. In tears and hope. ((big hug))

  96. Ted Caldwell says:

    From our family to yours. Prayers

  97. Vicki says:

    May Jim rest in peace now! Prayers go out to you and your beautiful family. So sorry for your loss!

  98. Judy says:

    Karen..warrior..advocate..helpmate…mother…devoted wife..hurting girl…grateful eventually.

    You have given us a glimpse of “real life…real love…real humanity..real frail feelings…courage. At this time…please crawl into that special place inside of you that is peaceful, and all you think of is your love for him and how HE is now your resting place. Allow Jim to occupy your thoughts, and remember, Karen….it’s okay to feel everything you are feeling now…it’s okay. I am learning as I now go through what you lived…that what I am feeling and having pain over..YOU have given me…us…the example of how to just “be”…..and that is how YOU have helped many. In time, I just know that for Jim, you will continue in some way to advocate for others. Not NOW….but I know you aren’t done like I know how strong you really are.

    May God hold you in His arms as he holds your kids….and allow you eventually to accept the strength He will give you. We love you and thank you….and a better day is coming. Hugs and prayers.

  99. Jeanne Sapia says:


  100. Joanne says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey so beautifully, articulately and honestly. I am on this journey with my Mom and Was comforted by your honesty. Take time now for you and your children and I am thinking of you all and hope you can find comfort and peace.

  101. The Riether Family says:

    If words could help, I would type for hours today. However, I doubt there are words that provide justice or comfort in this moment. You have shared the most personal journey and helped others while facing the largest challenge in life. Sending love, hugs, and DV spirit across the miles to you, Frances, & Bradley.

  102. Diane chadwick says:

    Your husband and the entire family fought a good fight with this dreaded disease. Jim is whole again, memory restored and watching over you as a guardian angel. Prayers are with you.

  103. Lee Hubbard says:

    God bless you, Karen. This has been an unbearable trial for you and your son and daughter.
    You will always have Jim in your heart.

  104. Robin says:

    I just heard the news. I am so sorry for your loss, and sad for the children, and sad he had to go in this way. God bless you for being such a wonderful wife to him. Blessings for the future you now have with your children.

  105. Thank you, Karen, for sharing your story all the way to the end. You are in my thoughts. Much love to you and your family.

  106. Stephanie Campbell says:

    Love to you all. What a beautiful picture of a beautiful man both inside and out! Jeff and I will miss him greatly!

  107. Camille says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  108. Gretchen says:

    Karen and family , I I as so very sorry for the loss of Jim. How lucky was he to have you all, the journey Karen that you have shared with everyone is truly an amazing inspiration of what a family should be! Peace and Prayers to you all, from an old classmate from CT

  109. Anne says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to you, your children and those whose lives Jim touched. It is an unimaginable loss but I hope you let the love and support of others carry you through this time. God bless you.

  110. The Signorelli's says:

    We hope that Jim can rest now and that your family can start to heal. We have you in our prayers.

  111. Kathy says:

    Thank you for sharing your life with heartfelt emotion and incredible honesty. I do not know you personally but I broke down and cried when I saw your post yesterday. I am praying for peace for you and your lovely children.

  112. Denise says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort for your family.

  113. Rose says:

    So sorry for your loss. May Jim and you and your family be at peace at last.

  114. J.J. Foster says:

    Very sorry to hear about Jim. I was proud to have served with him & always admired his dedication to work, family, & friends! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Garner family.

  115. Valerie says:

    Karen and family, I, too, am so sorry for your loss. You have provided such comfort and understanding to other caregivers over these past few years with your honest posts about life with this awful disease. I pray that you can take comfort in the fact that Jim is in a much better place now, even though it’s so heartbreaking for those left behind. God bless you and your family.

  116. Kimberly Pflieger says:

    Karen, know that Jim is in a better place now. He is at peace; he is no longer suffering. You will mend, but you will never, ever forget him.
    Thank you for taking the time 2 years ago to help me with my Alzheimer’s project for my BA. You truly are a gem of a person, a wife, a mother, and a friend.
    May time heal your wounds and sorrow.

  117. Maureen d. Connolly says:

    I am broken hearted and sick over your loss. Every day is a gift. God bless you and your family.

  118. Maureen d. Connolly says:

    I just realized our husbands have the same birthday . . . April 7. Happy Birthday in Heaven Jim.

  119. william dewayne nash says:

    thank you
    may jim rest in peace

  120. Karen says:

    Dear Karen, Prayers for you and your family. May God’s comfort surround you during this time. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. It has had an impact on so many, perhaps many more than you’ll ever know. God’s blessings, Karen G

  121. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time

  122. Holly says:

    Karen and children. I can not find the words to express my sincerest sympathy for your loss. I can only pray that your memories can help heal with time. Thank you for all your work with this site. Your words have been my strength for the last year, I hope that our words now can be strength for you.

  123. Janice Reeder says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you & your family.

  124. Martina says:

    My condolences to you and your children. Your blog has been inspirational, informative and emotionally moving to so many. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. Many blessings.

  125. Jim Gervais says:

    Karen and Family, My family share in your loss of the passing of your husband Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult part of life.

  126. Karen Marez says:

    I am so sorry. I have followed your blog and FB page for awhile now after losing my mom to Alzheimer’s in 2014. You have courageously shown what happens with this disease, and I pray now that the support and love of your readers helps to sustain you along with that which comes from family and friends. My heart aches with this news especially for you and the kids. May moments of grace and peace find you in the coming weeks as you continue this journey of grief and love.

  127. nena says:

    Heaven has a new angel and many hearts are broken here on earth. Rest in peace, sweet Jim.

  128. Gb says:

    Karen, your sweet son and daughter. May peace enter your hearts and reclaim the sad with memories of joy. My prayers are with you, thank you again for sharing this part of your families journey. I told my son the other day that I wouldn’t endure another session of questions until he had read your entire journey. When he does, then I’ll entertain his opinions. The ripples of your life are touching my adult children shores.

  129. Bridget says:

    Karen, Frances and Brad,
    I was so sad to hear of Jim’s passing and have had your family in my thoughts and prayers. You will always be reminded of Jim by qualities you will see in your children and that will be a source of strength always but especially during the next months. Please know that your willingness to share your most private thoughts and moments on your blog has been and will continue to be a source of strength for families like mine who are on the same path. Please call if you just need to talk with someone who totally understands what you are going through. Jim is free finally and my hopes are that a cure can be found in order to prevent others from going through the continual daily suffering our families and loved one experienced and are living through. Much love to you and yours. Sincerely-the Graham family.

  130. Katrine Rush says:

    We went to Keeney Street Elementary School together in Manchester, CT. I have known him almost my whole life. When you lose someone you’ve known your whole life they feel like family, even though I haven’t seen him in decades. It hurts. Third grade me remembers Jim Garner as a nice boy. For some reason I remember walking down Farm Drive together where the horse was and him walking to his house and me to mine. The simple things that neighborhood kids did that bonded us all.
    My dad died when I was little tiny. As an adult I was and to a certain extent still am starving for information and stories that can pull me into my Dad’s life. Kiddos, listen to all the stories and follow anything that will teach you more and more about him. It will heal you. Follow your desire to be close to him and you will be. Your Daddy was the best! His love is there. Follow the love.

  131. Charmaine says:

    I have been following your blog for quite some time, and I am so sorry for your loss. Sending sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  132. Barbara says:

    I just discovered you blog today. I am at a loss for words but I want to express my gratitude to you for sharing so much. You have normalized my thinking and feeling as I travel through Alzheimer World. I no longer exist in the normal world. Peace be with you and your children.

  133. Marybeth Jamieson says:

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. My heart goes out to you and your children. It will be three years next month that my husband passed away at the age of 56. I am so sorry.

  134. Theresa says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family

  135. Christine Caudill says:

    Karen, I followed your blog for the last couple years since my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers at age 60 and it was so helpful. Unfortunately my husband passed away in January from heart failure – unexpectedly. He was not nearly as far along as your Jim in his disease, but honestly, I think the stress of dealing with Alzheimers and seeing what was happening to him damaged his heart to such a degree that he passed in his sleep. Rest in peace Jim, Rest in peace, my Ken.

  136. Delaine says:

    Prayers going up for you and your family, Karen. I am so sorry for your loss of Jim. . Your blog has meant the world to me these last 2 years that I have followed you since my husband’s diagnosis. May God bless all of you.

  137. Ciera Elam says:

    Our heart felt sympathy to you and your children. From Natalia Elam’s mother Ciera Elam and grandmother Jackie Sagadinous. Natalia was in Bradley’s class at Hilton and is now at Booker T with him. Life is not always fair but also here on earth is very temporary and the best is yet to come. If you ever need anything we are for you. My number (Jackie) is 757-926-2013. God Bless Jackie Sagadinous and her daughter Ciera Elam.

  138. Teresa Beebe says:

    Sending prayers for you and your family Karen. Jim was a wonderful person that I got to know when the kids were on the swim team I coached at the Y. He was always willing to volunteer, was an excellent role model to the kids and had such a warm heart. My deepest sympathies.

  139. nena says:

    Karen. I’m sure everyone who has written has thought about writing again, like me, as the prayers and thoughts of you and the kids continue day by day. God bless your sweet and courageous heart, honey. I hope you know how brave you are and have been through this journey. I hope to be as strong as you when I go through this with my husband with EOAD. Your words have helped so much. I wish I could broadcast to the world how horrible Alzheimer’s is. Something must be done. I am so sorry and heartsick for you.

  140. Linda says:

    Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I have been following your blog since the beginning and we have corresponded several times via email. My husband has been diagnosed with ALZ for 7 years now. He is 57 now. 7 weeks ago he went into a personal care home, a very difficult transition for my sons and myself. Over the years your posts have helped tremendously. Navigating through this disease has been a most difficult journey. Your experiences mirrored so many of mine. I thank you for your honesty. May your memories of Jim bring comfort to you and your children. May the love of your family and friends ease your grief. May God’s presence surround you with the comfort that only He can give.

  141. Lee Ann says:

    Continued thoughts and prayers for you and the kids, and all of your family. The obit is beautiful. it shows Jim for the good man he was. I hope you can have some peace in the coming days.

  142. Adriana says:

    Dear Karen, My deepest sympathy to you and to your beautiful children.
    Thank you for sharing your life story with me and my husband. He was diagnosed about the same time as Jim was. We have so much in common, our lives were almost identical. We shared so much together,
    our point of views, our so handsome and young athletic husbands, our kids, daughter is 12 and son is 14. Even our little doggy. You spoke for me, the exact words I would have said so many times and you accompanied me on this long difficult journey. My husband even wanted to contact Jim and meet him! He is in the 6th stage now. Sending you and kids lots of love and light! And lots of strength to go on and start a new chapter of your life. You owe it to Jim and to your children now. I know you can do it because you are a beautiful, smart and strong individual that I have learnt to admire so much!

  143. Kimberlynn Silva says:

    I found your story through the Alzheimer’s site with Maria Shriver. I was so moved by your story that I had to stop by, and reading this causes me grief and heartache for your loss, and for his. My grandmother had this terrible disease as well, and I worry about my father. I’m a graduate student in a mental health field, and your story has motivated me to action. I truly am sorry for your suffering and your loss.

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