When my mom was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, I was only 25 years old. I was newly engaged and working my first full-time job out of college.I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s and I didn’t know anyone with a parent who had it.While all of my friends were reliving their college days, I was … Continue reading The Alzheimer’s Daughters Club Is Now Open to Join!
Ambiguous loss occurs when there is psychological absence with physical presence. This occurs when a loved one is emotionally or cognitively gone or missing, but still physically present. This can be caused by Alzheimer’s/dementia, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, addiction, depression, etc. With this type of loss, there is a loss without certainty, closure, or … Continue reading 7 Tips for Coping with Ambiguous Loss/Grief
Back in December, I started thinking about the new year and whether I had any goals I wanted to reach. I decided that I wanted to start living my life more. I wanted to do more things just for fun. I wanted to try new things. I was searching around on the internet and found … Continue reading What Is Something You Are Overthinking?
Yesterday I was taking the pups for their morning walk when I had an epiphany. It was a beautiful spring morning here in South Jersey. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and I said hello to a few neighbors along the way. I began to feel a strange, unfamiliar feeling that I couldn’t … Continue reading Dear Alzheimer’s Caregiver, You Will Feel Free Again Someday
During my mom’s ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s, I put my life on hold in so many ways that I basically stopped living it altogether. I did the absolute bare minimum that I needed to do to get by. I didn’t have the energy to do anything more than that. At the time, it was what … Continue reading Life Is Meant For Living
Two years. Today marks two years since my mom died. That doesn’t even seem possible. The time seems to both have flown by and stood still. In the days after my mom died, I remember thinking that before I knew it a week would go by. And then a month, a year, two years. I … Continue reading It’s Been Two Years Since My Mom Died And I Am Still Her Daughter
I’m so excited to introduce the Alzheimer’s Daughters Club! It’s the club you never thought you’d want to be a part of! But trust me, you will definitely want to be a part of this club! The Alzheimer’s Daughters Club is a membership group that provides support, connection, and understanding for Alzheimer’s Daughters. If you … Continue reading Introducing the Alzheimer’s Daughters Club!
I don’t know about you, but I knew next to nothing about Alzheimer’s when my mom was diagnosed with the disease. I never knew anyone else who had it and like so many, I thought it was just about memory loss. I learned so much over the ten years that my mom lived with the … Continue reading 6 Things I Wish I Would Have Known When My Mom Was Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
When you love someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, you often feel alone in your thoughts and feelings. You may wonder if anyone else thinks the same thing or feels the same way. I hope to reassure you and normalize the thoughts caregivers may have while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. These … Continue reading 9 Thoughts I Had While My Mom Was Living with Alzheimer’s
I turned 37 years old the other day. Although this was only my second birthday without my mom here, anyone who has experienced Alzheimer’s firsthand knows that I’ve been celebrating it without her for a long, long time. It would have been so easy to deduce myself to a puddle of tears all day long, … Continue reading It’s My Turn to Live a Whole Entire Life Without My Mom