Though I feel unsure about some things, this I know for sure: the last decade of caregiving has taught me lessons I never would have learned otherwise.
My natural inclination is to take what I am learning and disseminate those lessons to the masses. I want to get as vulnerable as possible so that I can help others avoid similar mistakes or seek similar solutions.
This part of the journey comes to an end, but the work continues and connections remain. – Aisha Adkins Transitions. They are the only pathways from where we are to where we want to be. Sometimes those pathways are paved and well-lit. Other times, they are actually dark alleyways covered in shards of broken bottles … Continue reading When one song ends, another begins
As a caregiver, particularly to someone living with dementia, I suppress my emotions so as not to trigger inconsolable fear or sadness in my mother. See, for someone with Frontotemporal Dementia, it can be nearly impossible for them to recognize, compartmentalize, and regulate emotional responses. Learning of the death of a loved one could lead to attempts to take one's own life, but the death of a perfect stranger or familiar celebrity may have an equally significant impact.