Lilies Take Me Back to When My Mom Was Dying

My husband and I were shopping at the grocery store yesterday. They had tons of Easter flowers. There were tulips, hyacinths, and lilies. As soon as I saw the lilies, I knew I had to say something. “If you’re going to buy me flowers for Easter, please don’t get me lilies.” I love lilies. I … Continue reading Lilies Take Me Back to When My Mom Was Dying

It’s Possible to Become More Patient with Practice

When I was younger, I considered myself to be a very impatient person. I got frustrated and annoyed pretty easily. I was always getting fired up about something. Early on in my mom’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, I would get frustrated and snap at her pretty often. I blamed it on the fact that I was an … Continue reading It’s Possible to Become More Patient with Practice

Signs From My Mom Remind Me That All of My Memories Bring Her Back to Me

Sitting there in the waiting room last week while my dad had his heart procedure, it struck me how everyone was there for someone they love, someone they care for. The hospital referred to each of us as a “support person” and there we all sat, supporting and caring for someone we love, while anxiously … Continue reading Signs From My Mom Remind Me That All of My Memories Bring Her Back to Me

Caring for My Dad Triggers My Grief, But Reminds Me That I’m Not Alone

Last week, my dad had a heart procedure done at the hospital. I anxiously waited for hours in the waiting room, the way you do when your only surviving parent is having a heart procedure done. Finally, my dad’s doctor came into the waiting room to tell me that everything went smoothly and my dad … Continue reading Caring for My Dad Triggers My Grief, But Reminds Me That I’m Not Alone

Tell the FDA to Quickly Approve Promising New Treatments for Alzheimer’s!

As you probably already know, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only top 10 disease without an approved treatment or a cure. Alzheimer’s has not seen a new therapeutic drug approved in nearly two decades. The FDA has the opportunity to swiftly approve promising new … Continue reading Tell the FDA to Quickly Approve Promising New Treatments for Alzheimer’s!

Alzheimer’s Will Break Your Heart In Ways You Never Thought Possible

When my mom was a teenager, she over-plucked her eyebrows and they never really grew back. For as long as I can remember, she would draw them on with an eyebrow pencil and they always looked flawless. As her Alzheimer’s progressed, she began to have trouble drawing on her eyebrows. Something she had done every … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Will Break Your Heart In Ways You Never Thought Possible

You Are Entitled to Your Anger, But You Don’t Have to Live In It

Last week, we got about 8-9 inches of snow. That might not seem like a lot depending on where you’re from, but it’s a significant amount for us. And since my husband was away, I had the pleasure of shoveling it all by myself. Despite all of my “Let It Snow” decor, I’m actually not … Continue reading You Are Entitled to Your Anger, But You Don’t Have to Live In It