My Mom Died 7 Years Ago Today From Alzheimer’s And I Was Diagnosed This Year

My Mom, Betty and I five months before her death

Today marks the 7th anniversary of my Mom’s death from Alzheimer’s disease. She was my best friend and my biggest supporter. The anniversary day of her death is always very painful for me, and stirs up so many emotions. I can’t seem to get past it.

I was her caregiver and did everything I possibly could for her, even moving into the nursing home with her in the final months to ensure that she was adequately cared for. Watching what this disease does to someone is just unbelievable. They become a shell of themselves. You watch them die a little more every day until they virtually have no quality of life. In the end I could do very little to make her comfortable or make her happy. She didn’t recognize anyone but me. She was unconscious for the last two weeks of her life, and was unable to eat for the last month.

Now that I have been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s I know that eventually this is what I have to look forward to. What can I do to change the trajectory of my last few years on earth? What can I do differently than her to possibly give me a few more quality years than she had? I have developed my Alzheimer’s Plan of Attack. It that enough? Currently there is no cure, or no medications that really help slow down the progression of this disease. Today, things seem pretty bleak. But my Mom always told me that “Kelly, you are the only person I have ever seen that can make the best out of a horrible situation”……so that is what I need to do. I have to LIVE IN THE MOMENT, and be GRATEFUL.

Mom, I love you with all my heart, and I hope I am making you proud. Please give me the strength to handle this disease with grace and dignity.

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6 thoughts on “My Mom Died 7 Years Ago Today From Alzheimer’s And I Was Diagnosed This Year

  1. I am sure you are making your Mom proud! I lost my love, my soulmate 8 yrs ago next month.💔 I too am thinking of starting a blog to help others in any way I can from what I learned through our journey. I have gone to support groups to do so. Such a tragic disease😞 God bless you!

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    1. I think a blog would be an excellent way to share what you have learned. We need to bring more awareness to this disease. I am so sorry you lost your soulmate 8 years ago. I know how hard this is. Thanks for writing.

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  2. Kelly, my thoughts and prayers are with you. My mom died last year March from Alzheimer’s complications. She was only 64 years old. My sisters and I live with the knowledge that it could happen to one if us too. It is truly terrifying. I watched my mom, my hero slowly losing everything that made her, her. Nobody really understands what alzheimers is until they live with it firsthand. It is my moms birthday tomorrow, she would have been 66 years old. I miss her everyday, but I can finally remember her as my mom, my hero and the person who made me the mom I am today. It took a while to get the image of her at her last, a hollow shell of the person she once was out of my head, but I can slowly fill the void she left with happy memories of her.
    I will keep you in my prayers everyday.
    Love. Elsa

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate it. I will pray for you as well. Please read my Alzheimer’s Plan of Attack post on this blog. I might help you with your cognitive health.

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