The Stories That Bind Us

I had a doctor’s appointment the other day and while the nurse was taking my vitals, she told me how much she liked my bracelets.

Normally, I would just say thank you, but that day I decided to add that the bracelets are for Alzheimer’s awareness. She told me that her grandmother had Alzheimer’s and died many years ago. She remembered how her grandmother used to think she was her mother.

Normally, I would just offer my sympathy and say nothing else, but that day I decided to add, “My mom has Alzheimer’s.” The nurse looked at me with pain and sadness in her eyes, but also understanding. She said, “I’m so sorry. That’s tough.”

Such simple words, but they truly went a long way.

For as much as I share my story on social media, I often hesitate to share it during face-to-face encounters, especially with total strangers. I don’t know why. Maybe I just don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable or to make someone feel obligated to come up with something profound to say.

I don’t know why I decided to say more that day, but I’m so thankful I did. It was a great reminder of why it’s so important for all of us to share our stories.

These are the stories that bind us.

These are the stories that let us know we’re not alone.

These are the stories that elicit empathy and understanding from a total stranger while she’s taking your blood pressure at a routine doctor’s appointment.

These are the stories that make our lives a little easier, our hearts a little lighter, and our worlds a little less lonely.

Awareness matters.

2 thoughts on “The Stories That Bind Us

  1. Lauren,

    Your posts truly touch my heart and reach through to my soul. My mother has advanced Alzheimer’s , and has been living with us for just shy of 2 years. Every day is a huge challenge, but also a Blessing. Taking care of the woman who took care of all of us is the least I can do. But it is certainly not without it’s challenges, and disruption of our home as her disease progresses. Especially trying to balance a full-time job from home, along with household and family responsibilities including our new grandson. Especially loved your post about going on living while someone you love is dying. Hit so close to home. God Bless you and your family and for helping us all work our way through this most difficult journey! You are an angel in disguise!

    Thanks so much for baring your wounded soul to help all of us! Xo

    1. Thank you so much, Denise! You certainly have a lot on your plate and it’s definitely a balancing act. I’m glad my words have helped you in some small way. It’s a difficult journey, but you’re not alone. Thanks for reading!

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