“Am I doing enough?” I can’t tell you how many times I asked myself that question when my mom was living with Alzheimer’s. I asked my husband constantly, too, as if he would have ever told me that I wasn’t. If you love someone with Alzheimer’s, I’m sure you can relate. But I’m going to … Continue reading Enough Is an Impossible Standard
Anyone who has lost a parent knows that success is always bittersweet without being able to share it with them. I’ve had the goal to write and publish my second book ever since I published the first one four years ago. Now that I’ve done it, I can’t help but wish my mom was here … Continue reading Success Is Always Bittersweet Without My Mom
Today is the day! My new book When Only Love Remains: Surviving My Mom's Battle with Early Onset Alzheimer's is available on Amazon! I bared my heart and soul in this book. I didn't hold anything back. I wrote it in just six weeks. The words poured out of me. It was an emotional, but … Continue reading My New Book Is Available Now On Amazon!
“Do you think my book is good enough?” I’m sure my husband is so tired of me asking him that question. Now that all of the words have been written and edited and formatted into an actual book, I’m freaking out. I’m terrified that it isn’t good enough. I keep thinking of stories I didn’t … Continue reading The Story You Are Living Is Bigger Than You Know
“On top of the guilt is about ten thousand layers of grief. Your loved one is constantly changing and losing more pieces of themselves. You grieve all of the little losses along the way. The first time your loved one needs help eating, getting dressed, or using the bathroom. The first time they forget your … Continue reading There’s a Lot of Grief When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s
She got so upset with me for putting up the Christmas tree. She kept insisting that was something she and my dad were supposed to do together. I was just trying to do something nice for my mom and I wanted to keep it simple so my dad didn’t have to worry about taking down … Continue reading Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Deserves to Be Loved
The photo below was taken four years ago at my niece’s first birthday party—a party I helped plan, set up for, and desperately wanted to be a part of instead of just taking care of my mom the whole time. We knew this would most likely be the only birthday party that my mom would … Continue reading Sitting on the Sidelines to Care for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s
We were finally able to properly honor my mom with all of our family and friends at a celebration of life party over the weekend. I was finally able to read the eulogy I wrote for her to all of the people who loved her the most. And now I would like to share it … Continue reading Celebrating My Mom’s Life (My Mom’s Eulogy)
As you all know, I have been working really hard on my second book for about the last six months. I am beyond excited to announce that my new book “When Only Love Remains: Surviving My Mom’s Battle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s” will be released on Sunday, July 11th! It will be available on Amazon … Continue reading Big Announcement About My New Book!
When I was growing up, we always celebrated Mother’s Day by going out to brunch or having a cookout at our house. I loved buying my mom flowers and finding her the perfect gift to show my love and appreciation. That all changed once my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As the disease progressed, I … Continue reading Surviving Mother’s Day When Your Mom Has Alzheimer’s