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>> Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Our family has been very blessed in the fact that no one close to us has died of a terrible illness. We are healthy people and hopefully we will have the fortune to remain that way.

But just because something doesn’t effect us doesn’t mean that we are oblivious to it. Alzheimer’s is one of those diseases that I have cause to think about quite often- as I seem to forget things quite often. I blame it on “mommy brain” but I worry, nonetheless.

And while finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is very important I think that we, as a society, tend to overlook the fact that there are many out there who are suffering this disease now- and there are many, many out there who are caring for these people, whether they be their own loved ones or someone else’s.

A good blog-friend of mine recently lost her mother to Alzheimer’s. She was the main caregiver. And although she didn’t discuss it much you could tell that it was a very trying experience for her. She would have days when her mother was somewhat lucid and the glimmer of hope that would spring in her heart would be extinguished so quickly – almost like a light being turned off- by a simple comment or action.

I cannot imagine the heartbreak that must have followed every day as she watched her mother’s life disintegrate before her eyes.

Finding quality care for a disease this complex can be unnerving, to say the least. And if you know anyone who provides that kind of love and support this holiday gift can show how much you thank them- in more ways than one.

The Hearts of Care jewelry is not only beautiful, but proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

There is also a DVD available to help you, or your caregiver, provide effective care in a comfortable setting- the home. Because we must remember that there are people suffering now who need help that science can’t provide.


Iowa Bob 5:00 PM  

Thank you for this thoughtful post, made even more thoughtful due to the fact that this terrible disease has (thankfully) not struck your family personally. My father suffered from Alzheimers, and while the disease was devastating for him, it was worse for my mother who not only had to tackle the additional responsibilities this disease forced upon her, but had to daily lose another little piece of the man she loved for 50 years.

Thank you again. While I am new to the blogger world I am pleased to find people like yourself out there, and I would like to link yor site to mine. You are a good, good person.

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