Anyone who has ever cared for aging, ill, or dying parents or other loved ones knows what a heart-wrenching, difficult, and exhausting thing this is. Also, I think Alzheimer's is one of the most terrifying, heartbreaking, and feared diseases today because there are so many unknowns, and watching someone very close to you who has loved you dearly and you them, slip away into a land you cannot enter until finally they do not know you at all. My own mother has been fighting cancer for 4 years now and is getting closer and closer to the end, but we can talk and laugh and remember old times and talk about what is going on today when she is physically up to it. To not be able to have at least that would be so painful that I cannot imagine what "Caregiving Daughter" is going through, and as I wrote to her earlier, she will be helping more people with this blog than she will ever know.
She speaks of practical things as well -- the early signs of the disease, what is known about the disease today, and even how to communicate with someone with dementia -- and I have felt so close to her with every word, I will watch this blog closely for some time to come, and feel with her, and pray for her, and her mother, children and the rest of the family, and I will tell everyone I know about this beautiful blog. I know a few people who would be especially touched and helped with this blog right now.
It is my honor to give this 19th week's Compassionate Blogger Award to "Caregiving Daughter," and I know you will understand why when you read this blog. I know that you will cherish it as I do.
Blessings to you Dearheart, and much love, many prayers, and may your strength endure, as I know it will...