I am a 43-year-old Mom of two and I have been married to a wonderful, smart, loving and steady man for almost 16 years. Oh yeah, and he is a handsome man too.
I started this blog with the backing and encouragement of friends and family. It was a tiny seed in my mind but really only came about with full on props and help from some pretty awesome people. I can never re-pay them for the depth of support they have shown to me and continue to show me daily.
My friend and lover and the father of our children has Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. That is a mouthful. It is also a life full. A life full of hopes dashed. A life full of new beginnings. A life full of learning patience and accepting what life throws at you and realizing the universe laughs at you every time you think that you control your own destiny.
I write this blog for many reasons. The first and foremost is to share our story in the hope that someone, maybe you, will read my words and feel compelled to do something. To donate money, time or services to an organization like the Alzheimer’s Association or maybe a smaller one in your local area that helps families facing this long journey.
I write this blog to share our story with friends because I am asked every week how Jim is and how I am and how the kids are and how do I do it? I don’t really feel different or special, but I know that I am in a situation that is unique and at times unfathomable.
I also write and cry and reveal our voyage through this journey so openly because I know I am not alone. I know there are tons of others in this world that are going through similar situations. I speak out for them. For those that don’t have a voice or at this point just aren’t able to share their tale. I speak for you. For all of us. This is more than forgetting where you place the keys. This affects relationships, finances, emotions, lives. It is all consuming. It is my hope that with an understanding of what life is like in an Alzheimer’s home, a change will come about.
Please feel free to share your stories and thoughts with me. You can send me a message by clicking here. I look forward to making more friends and making a difference.