My mom, Jerie, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in July 2010, at the age of 62. I was just 25 years old at the time. For the first few years, I had a very difficult time coping with my mom’s disease and felt that I had nowhere to turn for advice. Being a younger caregiver, I found it very difficult to find anyone who could relate to what I was going through. I started this blog in order to share my Alzheimer’s story with others, with the hope that it might help someone who was going through the same thing.
After a while, people began encouraging me to write a book, so I did. I self-published my first book, “Learning to Weather the Storm: A Story of Life, Love, and Alzheimer’s.” It is available to buy on Amazon. I hope that this book will be the first of many, as I plan to continue telling my story and I hope to share it with as many people as possible.
I also recently launched The Life, Love, and Alzheimer’s Podcast, as another way to share my story and to hopefully reach even more caregivers. Through this podcast, I hope to validate and normalize the thoughts and feelings of Alzheimer’s caregivers. It is available on iTunes and Google Play.
In many ways, this blog serves as my online journal. It has been very therapeutic for me to write down all of my thoughts and feelings as we continue to navigate our way through life with this horrific disease. The name of my blog says it all. I tell stories of life, love, and Alzheimer’s. I must warn you that I will make you cry at times, but I promise to make you laugh, as well. And, I promise to always, always, always keep it real.
Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. I hope you enjoy the ride.
I’m not an expert on Alzheimer’s disease, but I am an expert on loving someone who has it.