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. Actually, I wrote two. I self-published my first book Learning to Weather the Storm: A Story of Life, Love, and Alzheimer’s in 2017. And I self-published my second book When Only Love Remains: Surviving My Mom’s Battle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in 2021. Both books are available on Amazon.
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 navigated this horrific disease for ten long years. Although my mom passed away in April 2020, I continue to share my story in hopes that it will comfort and inspire others who are on this difficult journey.
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.