“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
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!
One year. It doesn’t seem possible. I’ve learned so much since the day you died. I’ve grown so much, too. I’ve learned to cherish the little things that bring me joy, but also not to sweat the small stuff. I’ve learned that life is short and precious and best spent pouring love into those you … Continue reading On the First Anniversary of My Mom’s Death
On this day last year, my husband and I were all set to move into our new house. We were supposed to meet the movers at our storage unit to load up the truck and then take everything to the new house to unload it. Our busy moving schedule meant that I would have to … Continue reading I’m Grateful to My Husband for One Last Day With My Mom