For those of you who do not already know, my name is Lauren Dykovitz. I am currently a 29-year-old full-time Army Wife at Fort Rucker, Alabama. I am from Bear, Delaware, where my husband, Steve, and I own a home and my parents live about 2 miles away. We are living at Fort Rucker for the next year while my husband attends flight school for the Delaware Army National Guard. We have a 4 1/2-year-old black lab named Oakley, who is our child. I have been wanting to start a blog for a while now. Although I will write about my experiences as an Army Wife and Doggie Mom, as well as my ongoing daily struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (self-diagnosed), my main reason for this blog is something completely different. Her name is Jerie.
Jerie is my 66-year-old mom, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in July of 2010. Along with my sister, Melissa, and my dad, Jack, I have struggled significantly over the past 4 years to accept my mom’s condition. I have found it difficult to witness my mom struggle with this horrific disease on a daily basis. Making it all the more difficult, I have moved to Alabama temporarily, which means that I will not see my mom as often and am not available to help my dad take care of her. Writing has always been a passion of mine so I have decided to start this blog to fulfill two purposes: one, to give myself an outlet for all of the thoughts and emotions that go along with having a mom with Alzheimer’s, and two, to potentially help others who are affected by this disease, but may feel as though they are alone in their struggle.
Disclosure: I intend to write posts that are real and raw. Some of the material that I write may be upsetting to read. However, laughter is my drug of choice, so I will choose to keep the content light-hearted, at times. I can also be very sarcastic, so if you find that you are offended by something that I have said, you should realize that I am probably just kidding. I curse…a lot. I will make no apologies for my language on MY blog. Cursing was practically a job requirement at my previous job of 5+ years. If you do not like my language and find that you are not able to overlook it, then you should probably stop reading my blog 😉
For those of you who are still here with me, please read along about my experience with my mom’s illness, as well as Fort Rucker, Sweet Home Alabama, Oakley, OCD, and anything else I can think of to write about. I promise to make you laugh, make you cry, and always keep you coming back for more.