Sep 282015

Four years ago, Mom quit her job so that she could come help me with my twin boys after they were born. I was an exhausted first-time mom who had no clue what I was doing. It was a huge relief to have her by my side during that time.

I started to notice little things about Mom that were different; rather than read too much into anything, I figured that we were both just exhausted. Then the little things started to happen more often. After many doctor’s appointments and tests, my parents visited the Mayo Clinic. It was there, in September of 2011, that my mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 59.mb1

I was stunned, paralyzed with fear. People that young didn’t get Alzheimer’s, did they? Would she wake up and just not know me? What is Alzheimer’s, really?  Now what? What do we do?

These were all questions that went through my head. To be honest, they still do. I lived in denial for a long time, doing more research than I knew what to do with. The doctors were wrong, I thought. Some days she seems fine!

It took me a long time to accept the “new version” of Mom. I would get so frustrated, not knowing how to comprehend the disease. I finally sat down with her one day after we put the boys down for a nap, and I asked her what it was like. I wanted to know. I wanted to understand.

mb3She tried as best as she could to explain her thoughts and feelings to me. We cried a lot; we still cry a lot. My mom is my best friend, and her diagnosis has been a long slow process for me. I knew then that I needed to do something to fight for Mom, and fight so I don’t have to live with this disease myself.  I needed to find a way to deal with what was happening and to surround myself with people that understood.

Since I can’t change Mom’s diagnosis, I decided to fight like crazy to change it for someone else.

This last weekend was my second time walking in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Joining Walk to End Alzheimer’s is about more than just raising money for me. While it’s so important to fund research that leads to a cure, my biggest mission is to spread awareness. I want to educate people about what Alzheimer’s really is, and how the ability to complete daily tasks that so many people – including me –take for granted are a huge struggle for my mom and so many others with the disease.  Connecting with others in our community at Walk who understand what we are going through is so comforting, and uniting to make a difference is such a great mb2feeling! Being involved with Walk to End Alzheimer’s has been very therapeutic for me, because I know I am working hard to make a difference. I also know my mom is proud and grateful for what I am doing.


Our family has always been very close-knit; while it’s not always easy, we try to maintain traditions and create new memories, because we are in this together. We understand how each other feels. We are going to fight endlessly so that others don’t have to slowly lose their mother the way I am. This is not a disease that should be hidden or kept quiet. Alzheimer’s is taking over our population, and people need to know what’s happening. We need to talk about this disease. We need to help educate people. We need to Walk.


About the Author: Meghan Blenker, 30, is a mother of three. She Walks as Team Captain of Grammy’s Gang

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  50 Responses to “We Are In This Together”

  1. Meghan,
    thank you SO much for what you are doing to raise awareness and funds to #endalz!
    We are walking a similar journey in our family as my husband Steve was also diagnosed in September of 2011, right before his 59th birthday… Sending hugs and prayers to all of you as you walk towards a cure!
    Kindest Regards,
    Judy Johanson

    • Judy,
      Thank you for reading! You, Steve and your families are added to our prayer chain! Thank you for joining me in the mission to end Alzheimer's.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing, Meghan. I had a 2 and 4 year old when my mom– in a different state at the time– was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. To say the last five years have been a roller coaster ride is an understatement! As you know, it's incredibly difficult but something we need to talk about. I let friends know about my mom all the time on Facebook with pictures, etc. I even helped a friend start a blog (The Elderberry Blog) to help young mothers like us find encouragement being in the sandwich generation taking care of aging parents and young children.
    God bless you on this road!
    Sarah Weitzenkorn

    • Sarah, I write a blog too, called The Lemon Bar Queen. I have a 12 and 7 year old and it does help to write about their love of their Grandma. My mom died in May but the AA suggested I blog about her. I am also a home care/hospice RN so I also give a nursing point of view. Its hard to be in this sandwich generation. Good luck to you too!

  3. We are on a very similar path. My dad was diagnosed at 58 and I too wanted dr to be wrong

    But here we are two years later learning how to cope. I wish nothing

    But the best for your family. Prayers for you.

  4. Thank you for sharing your story! Sounds very similar to mine… My mom came to help me as well after surgery and I noticed small things and repetitive stories this was not like my mom… She was diagnosed with Early Onset at the age of 54…I always wonder if there is a support group for the families? I have researched and only find support groups for care takers not any of the family… Thank you again for sharing it’s good to know we are not in this fight alone!

    It’s A Good Life,


    • My mother has dementia, she is in a assisted living memory care center. I can not take care of her and she is now in a save place. Once a month I go to a caregivers support group, it really helps me understand some of the phases Mom is going thru. Many questions are being answered and I don't feel so alone. Try it, Good bless you!

  5. Thank you for sharing…I lost my dad who fought with this disease since in his early 60’s…and we’ve seen my MIL show signs for the last 2 years. Like your family, mine pulled together to support one another. Sadly, my in-laws have done just the opposite. I consider thyself blessed to have cared for my dad, as hard as it was, I’d do it all over again. Don’t know what’s in my MIL’s future. So sad. God bless your mom…these are years to cherish

  6. Thank you for sharing Meghan. During our journey leading up to the 2012 diagnosis of early-onset for my husband at 56 yrs old, I have found the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations very helpful…especially blogs and forums. They validated my feelings and help me educate myself and children for what we would experience and how he would progress. We walked for the first time this year in RI. I was overwhelmed with the amount of people that were affected by this disease. My family has resolved to find the positive in this journey and if being part of the fundraising is what we do now then start walking!

  7. Meghan,I was a care giver to my husband with early onset Alzheimer's for eleven years and I was in total denial and never gave a thought to worry, the doctors told me later that was the reason I could help him so much but when the end came is when it hit me . But I am contented with no regrets and a wonderful bounty full of memories. Meghan just do all you can and have no regrets and stay strong. Jean Stone.

  8. I’m so glad you have shared your story. It’s quite similar to mine actually! Never give up and keep fighting!

  9. Meghan,

    My Dad died July 13 from Alzheimer’s. We were a very close knit family as well. Dad suffered for approximately 7 years. My heart breaks for your family because I know what is ahead of you. It is not easy, There are things I had to do that I thought were not possible. Daddy spent many hours a day pacing to the point of extreme exhaustion, my Mom following behind him begging him to sit before he fell. The many nights we physically put him in the car so he would get a rest from pacing, only to return home to the same pattern. He began to not recognize the bathroom, shower , clothing. We even had to lock ourselves in their home to keep my dad from leaving or getting lost outside. You don’t suffer one death, you suffer many along the way. I know that this may be crude to tell someone who is just beginning the disease, but until the real stories are told of how Alzheimer’s really is, I don’t believe people will truly understand what a heart wrenching disease it really is. I changed my dads diaper , bathed him, fed him, all the time wondering if her even knew it was me. He could not speak for the last two years of his disease . I’ll never know truly how he felt, did he know me, did he know we were doing all we possibly could do for him, was he in pain, hungry…. So many unanswered questions. May God be with you

    • I’m going thru this with my mom who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer before 60 years old, she is still fine but very different, she is not the same. My heart is broken in pieces, it’s so hard to accept to understand, oh God is till need her so much! I’m pregnant with my second baby and she can’t be here with me, I have my break downs, sometimes I can’t stop crying.. Is so hard! I don’t know how we are going to go thru this till the end, God give us strength because this de seas kill us little by little, everyday!

    • Dena,
      iWeb also lost my father Tony on September 16. All you mention is the horrible truth. What I tell people everyday is that there is a misunderstanding to what this tragic disease really is. It is not about forgetting a name, a date or where you are. It is a disease that ROBS a human of what a human is. We also did for Dad as you did. He also stopped talking, walking. But the gift he gave me on certain days was when I would kiss him to leave for work and tell him I loved him and he smiled and lifted his eyebrows in some small recognition whether it was to know it was me or just an acknowledgement that someone loved him. A family is ripped apart by Alzheimer's. God bless all who are afflicted

    • Dena I wrote a reply to you on the bottom

    • My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 6-7 years ago. Dad is 97 and sharp as a tack. As the siblings we are thankful that we have had mom and dad around as long as we have. Both mom and dad live with our brother and sister that together with a paid nurse, take care of her.
      I wont get into the details of what we are going through because it is pretty much mentioned here. In my opinion, there is nothing positive to say. Reality is this disease is worse than any other, including cancer. There is nothing worse than loosing your mental capacity and taking down your family with you which is what this disease does. My mom does not recognize me and to see her in her physical being just as she was "before" is heart wrenching.
      We are blessed when we can die in our sleep nice and peaceful. I will take Cancer, AIDS or any other disease over this one. There is no silver lining here. Some may feel that I'm writing here full of pain and desperateness and your probably right. But, please know that this is a horrible disease that I have done tons of research on and as of right now, we are no better now than we were when this horrible disease destroyed the mental capacity and took the life of our beloved President Ronald Reagan.

  10. My Mom has been battling for 10 years. Although she was 80, she was a very spry 80. This disease process is never easy for anyone. I work for a hospice company and see the aftermath regularly. We do need to fight for ourselves and our families! I am on the committee for the Walk To End Alzheimer’s in Ann Arbor, MI. Keep fighting!! My prayers are with you and your Mom. Take advantage of every resource available to you…it’s a long road!

  11. Well, all comments are nice and creating awarenes of this disease and hopefully help to raise funds for research . Main subject is your mother having medical care, and did she have any insurance to pay for that? Is Alz association or any other organization guiding you to get the proper care and provide for resources ($$) to pay in case you family are not able to do it? Nothing is mentioned about her.

  12. Thank you for sharing. Amazing how similiar our stories are. Hoping for many moments of joy with your mother!

  13. Thank you for sharing. Our stories are also quite similar. I was 30 when my mom was finally diagnosed at age 65 (14 years ago). I became very involved in the walk at that time because I felt like it was the one thing I could do to make a difference. It was also very therapeutic to me (still is) because I was around people that truly understood what we were all going through. Stay strong and keep fighting! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Thank you, Meghan. I found your story on Twitter when ALZ tweeted it. I don’t want to invade your privacy by but it does leave me wondering how she answered your question about what it was like. I wish I had asked my mom that (like you, my mom was my best friend). I am like you and it’s important to strive to understand. The known is much less scary than the unknown. I know that one day, I will most likely learn the answer to your question firsthand. There are many reason why this is a hidden epidemic. I wish that there were a way to heighten everyday awareness and support from those people who might be outside the advocacy community. Finally, I don’t think it’s important whether the person knows how much you are doing for them. You know… and you will never regret it. Your self-sacrifice might be the most unrewarding type of work you’ll ever do but it’s the love that matters. I have such respect for all of you who are doing what you do, day in and day out, in the name of love.

  15. Thank you for sharing your story. My dad was diagnosed almost 2 years ago with Vascular Dimentia. It has taken a huge toll on our family and it so upseting to my father in a wheel chair not being able to care for himself or communicate with me, my mother or my sister. I miss my dad and our long talks. I wonder what goes on in his mind now. My family and I have walked 2 years in a row now and will continue to walk , raise money and awareness. Thank you again for sharing your,

  16. My husband was diagnosed with alzheimers at age 59. He lived for 10 years with me as his caregiver. We were married 49 1/2 years before I lost him to this awful disease. Our plans for retirement were never to be thanks to the disease. He had to retire at 59 because he was a supervisor and struggled to handle his job. He lost his ability to communicate and make any sense after about 6 years and was healthy otherwise. He was a carpenter and loved to fix things before so when this happened he was continually taking things apart and hiding things. Breaking things and just into everything. It was a difficult time but we made it thru because of our love. He finally had a brain bleed and after brain surgery to relieve and drain the blood off he couldn't come back to the level he did have. He couldn't swallow and they wanted to put in a feeding tube. That was against his wishes that he signed at the beginning of the disease. He lasted a week. It was the most heartbreaking thing watching the man I loved for 49 years change little by little. He knew me but in what capacity I do not know. He had pretty much stopped talking and just looked at me and sometimes smiled. I hope no one else in my family ever has to deal with this disease.

    • Thank you for sharing your story Sharon. It sounds as if I'm following your path for I'm in a valley now. My husband was terminated due to him not being able to do his job. He was the most dedicated person in the world when it came to his job. Did what ever to do to please his employer. But when it came down to his employer Genuine Parts Company which is NAPA Auto Parts Company, they didn't have the decency to say "Job well done Allen, now we are going to help you out. What ever you can do – sweep floors, clean restrooms, keep the store appearance clean, outside kept up and etc. We may have to cut your pay a little but we are here for you as long as you can do something. Just to be able to keep your benefits, your health insurance, your long term insurance, and self respect, and etc." Eight years later – We had to sell our home at a loss, for I could not do needed repairs. I was unable to work due to health issues. Money ran out due to high drug prices, going to doctors, couldn't get Social Security for people didn't get Alzheimer at his age 54 couldn't get help from food stamps, welfare for we made to much money. That was a JOKE. I have always considered myself as a survivor, done what ever to make ends meet, things work but it is getting me down now. Al knows that I'm upset for he sees me crying and he will cry to. I know that he would not put me through some of the things I have done to get us through this hell. We pray a lot. Thank God that hospice has stepped in to help – It is hard for me to ask anyone to do things me personally. Al has pneumonia but is improving from that but Alzheimer——-. It want be long now But I'm not quite ready for him to leave me for he is my first love. People please wake up help us beat this disease. Sharon I want you to know I pray that you can enjoy what life you have left and thank you for your story and reading mine. A caregiver friend.

  17. our lives are quite similar….I am, also, the mother of twins and my Dad was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at 59. It has been a struggle to watch his decline, and to explain the changes to my children (5 y/o). Thank you for sharing your story!

  18. The same is happening with my mom, she was 55 when we started noticing,

    When my son was born 2 years ago she came to America go help me and was very different..

    She then was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer, I’m pregnant with my second baby and heart

    Broken, in pieces because I won’t have her here, oh God, I need my mom so much!! I don’t understand Gods plan, still very hard to accept I have my break downs and still hope that God will make a miracle!

  19. Hello..I lost my Mom in January 2015 due to ALZ. I had her at home with my 14yo son for 6yrs. If you ask me this disease is the cruelest of diseases…I kept a journal of our time togetherness, which, by the way was also very therapeutic for me. My son was an angel during our journey, he read to her relentlessly and so unselfishly. When he was at home, he informed me that he was feeding “Gamma” which he so enjoyed, that was his “time” with her, it was a beautiful sight to see……Well anywho,

    Give your mother lots of hugs n kisses daily (hourly)! Be by her side as often as possible, hold her hands. I was also so happy when I played Elvis Presley for her…Mom recognized him right away!! I got to dance with my mom, that was an emotional few moments! What I had to do was basically “baby-proof” my home, outlet protectors, deadbolts, etc. I wish you the very best on your “journey”……….

  20. Meghan i watched my dear mum waste away defying the med opinion every christmas it be her last 10 years after her first diagnosis

    something should be done to seek a cure/ reverse dementure if they can land a man on a comet the moon and aim for Mars surely something can be done Alzheimer a cruel illness so misunderstood

  21. I really wish to help people that have this problem. I am truly passionate about Homeopathy and see lots of amazing things happen. Only last week my mother in law who i have been treating suddenly stopped saying " I carn't remember" the problem that i was helping her with was three warts one on her finger that three years ago she had taken of at the hospital, and one on each of her legs which seem to have come from nowhere. I know that Homeopathy can help people and just wish that people would look to a Homeopath for help. my mother in law is 89 .

  22. Thank you for sharing. My mother has this terrible disease. Unfortunately, most of the family were in denial, which led to my outcast, people latching on in the hope to bleed her dry, then many court hearings to protect her. Some if this from her disease – paranoia I believe us part of this disease, and it doesn’t help with people around her that dint have her best interest at heart.

    9 years on, she is safe and cared for in a nursing home, and very little visits from others except me. The sad bit after all my life of being the closest to her, she doesn’t recognise me or her grandchildren that she said she lives for since my fathers death. She would be horrified if she knew how she was. So it’s the most horrid way to end such a wonderful life… Not knowing who you are or anyone else is devastating, but that you have no dignity is one of the worst things for my mother to go through, she has said previously she would rather be dead. That sounded terrifying to hear from her 7 years ago, but sadly, I believe that would be better than to live this existence, and I know it will only get worse. She currently wears diapers (soiling herself) and nurses bath her. So I am thankful she is not aware of how she currently is. If we could find a cure for this, the world would be a better place to live out the last days of our lives, with our memories to finish with and our dignity. I pray for a cure.

  23. Hello, my mom was diagnosed at 68 and had had Alzheimer's for 8 years. She passed away in March. We took care of her at home and she went through all the stages. She still drove and cooked the first couple of years. At first everyone thought she could not hear and took her for hearing aids because she always say had everyone repeat themselves … eventually had MRI and confirmed Alzheimer's. It was that she just could not process what people were saying. It was a very long and hard journey. i learned so much and feel i could help others going through the same thing. The last year we had Hospice at home and they were wonderful. People don't realize about hospice when they can no longer walk or feed themselves. Thanks for sharing your story and your participation in the walk to end Alzheimer's. Michele

  24. Sweet Meghan

    Another September has passed! In September of 2011, my journey with mom was over after sixteen years of my beautiful challenge! I am now 65 and each day that I approach her diagnosis date I fight for answers for the caregivers, the the loved ones and for the families! For this date in common we have I pray for you, walk for you, applaud you and open my arms to you, brave daughter! Someday maybe even join you as you walk in your journey of love! God Bless

  25. Dena, I called and talked to helpline and they told me that when they stop eating their body kinda acts like its getting morphine. So they aren't hungry and are not in pain from it. My father stopped eating about 30 days ago but will still drink threw a straw. It's sucks so bad to see him everyday yet miss him everyday.

  26. My husband and I had our Mothers diagnosed exactly 6 months apart; his Mom left us less than two years later and 6 months and 2 days later my mom followed. They were both in their early 70’s. With those genes, i not only worry about my husband and I, but my biggest fear is for our kids We must push hard for a cure. Thank you for sharing your story.

  27. My mom passed away July 1st from Alzheimer's and also others in my family before her. I know what you're going through. Prayers for you & your family..

  28. your story sounds a lot like mine. My mother was 47 when diagnosed. She is now 57 and in the late stages of Alzheimer's. I'm a 33 year old mother of 2. I miss my mom everyday even though she is still alive.

  29. Thank you Meghan for sharing, my mom was diagnosed with Dementia in April 2015 at the age of 74, Lewy Bodies Dementia which goes hand in hand with Alzheimers hit her really hard taking her mobility away from her, and her independence and ability to perform everyday normal activities. We watch her struggle with trying to have a conversation loosing her train of thought but other times knowing exactly what's going on and knowing that some things are not right – I will say don't underestimate their thinking/understanding ability, be mindful of what you say in front of them. We have learned to cherish every moment we spend with her, she is a loving wonderful mother and the best grandmother (Me me) that you could ever have. Her life is her family, she still recognizes me and I can still make her laugh, her face lights up when she see's her grandchildren and great grandchildren. We can't turn back time we can only cherish the moments that we have and make the best of it. I agree that people do not understand what a heart wrenching disease it really is, my mom is in an eldercare home but we make sure her care is what she deserves, her room is decorated with homelike décor, dinners and treats are brought in and she wears her own pj's to bed (no hospital gowns). Even though their lives have changed (whether it's mom or dad) and it's changed our lives ~ remember "they gave us life" so in return we love them forever and make sure that their Dignity always comes first!!! Take Care ~ Keeping you in my prayers!

  30. Hi, my name is Penny and my aister and me are dealing with my father whom has diabetes and alzheimers. This past year he has gone down hill and now we had to put him in a nursing home. Theres so much i dont know to ease any of the pain of watching him lose memories. Im having him transferred near me so i can watch over his care. But i guess as i have seen others suggest that i should seek out a group of others that are going thru the same as me. Thanks for this blog.

  31. My brother died November 23rd of early onset Alzheimer's he was only 64 – he was diagnosed at about 58. Like you we couldn't believe it was Alzheimer's. It is hard to watch you love ones go though this disease and I have found even if you think you know Alzheimer's you really don;t as each persons experience with it is somewhat different. Not everyone goes though each "stage". My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. Let's hope that in our generation we can see a cure.

  32. Thank you for sharing you story Meghan! I am also in my early 30s and my mom is in stage 7 of cognitive decline. It is a hard road, particularly when we have young children to raise too. My heart goes out to you. Know that you have lifted my spirits today.

  33. My mother too was diagnosed in 2011 with early onset Alzheimer’s and I am 28 years old. My mom is no longer able to care for herself or communicate and it is the most devastating thing to happen to our family. I missed out on a lot of memories that could have been made with her- getting married, pregnancy and being a first time mom- but I cherish the moments I do have with her and hold onto our memories for the both of us. Thanks for your post. It’s somehow comforting to know that there are others out there in very similar places. I wish they were under different circumstances, but I’m glad to know that there is someone out there who knows how I feel. Sending love and prayers

  34. Oh my, I relate to so much of this.

    I lost my mother to early onset Alzheimer’s disease two years ago, when she was 59. I have two little ones who will never know her as I did. I was pregnant with my second daughter when she passed.

    I so understand fighting to keep this from happening to us and others and wanting to surround myself with people who understood. I’m building a Daughters of Dementia community/contributor blog with a friend and would love to have you join us.

  35. Thank you for sharing your story, what an inspiration you and your family are to all of us. My wife was diagnosed three years ago at the age of 49. She didn’t have a history of this disease in her family in fact her mother who is 78 has no difficulty with her cognition.
    This was a tremendous shock for not only my wife and I but our two children as well. Our daughter was 15 at the time and our son, 18. For the first six months to a year we didn’t talk about it much and certainly were not very open in the community about the diagnosis. We have however eventually been able to talk about what this diagnosis means for us and how we are able to carry one in a positive and productive manner for not only our children but for us as well.
    This year we took part in our areas Alzheimer’s Walk and were thrilled with the family and friends that came out to support. We have learned that we still have to live life and we want to do it the best we can for as long as we are able. Keeping a positive attitude for us is important.

  36. Hi Meghan, thank you for your story. I have the same story. My mother was diagnosed with early-onset in 2012 and now at age 63 can no longer care for herself when I have two young children to care for as well. I cried as I read your story because I know, I'm still crying. We did the walk for our second year and we are fighting like crazy too! I think we should form a national group for children of parents with early-onset. Despite the supports, it's a heartbreaking place to be.

  37. My wonderful husband – strong, healthy, creative, active and loving was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 58. The shock, the fear and the horror took affect and he is now in a sub-acute rehab facility home. He was later involved with those looking to put him in a clinical trial and after more testing, his form of dementia was now finally diagnosed as Frontal Temporal Lobe. All in all, he got violent where we had call the police to take him away 2 times and he also scared our daughter when he broke down her door and threatened to kill her. That was not him as he was the best friend of our daughter so it was a very stressful path we faced.
    This disease is the worst thing that can happen to a family. It affects everyone and it’s like watching the one you love forget, forget the memories that you hold dear. Forget who you are. Where they live. What their name is. Their names. It’s like seeing him die slowly and we always ask, Why him?
    We need to do something as the homes are full of people as young as 40 with many forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s only being one.
    It sucks, there is no other way to say it.

  38. Gayle, I just ran into your post on blog,ALZ.orrg and had to respond. I am 76 and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s August 26, 2014. Today I am struggling so much that all I have done is cried. My closest child is in South Dakota. Most days are pretty good but today so far has only been crying asking God why. I really want God to just take me. I am sending this to you to let you know to be with my Lord would be a blessing to what I would be looking forward to. Please pray for me. I had to talk to someone who would understand . Thank you for being their for me. Barbara B. God Bless You.

  39. Meghan your story brought tears to my eyes. Your words brought back the memories of my mother as she suffered with this disease for 19 years. She was diagnosed at age 64 and died last year at the age of 83. But through the years we created many great memories and took lots of pictures so we will forever have her with us. Your words express the reasons why so many people have joined the walk, because we all can relate to your story.
    God Bless you and keep you and your family strong.

  40. May god bless you and your Mom.

  41. Meghan, your story made me cry. It also makes me feel like there are so many others that understand how I feel. My mother is also suffering from Alzheimer's, she is 75 and was diagnosed with the disease about 4 years ago. I still see her as the strong, independent person that she was it has been very difficult to reverse the roles and now i have become the mom. I still continue to battle moments of anger within me and try to read everything i can find to help me cope with her disease. I am slowly learning that even though she looks like my mom she is now a shell of the person that once took really great care of my sister and me. May god give you, me and all those who care for their loved one's the strength and health to continue to care for them.

  42. Such a beautiful story you have. How truly blessed your mother is to have a daughter like you fighting for her. And your attitude is definitely one for many to adopt. We can’t change the present, but we can work for a brighter future. It’s also important for people to realize that when you notice signs that something is different in yourself or your loved ones, even if they seem to be minor differences, it’s always best to get them checked out. You’d rather be safe than sorry. Best wishes for you all!

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