When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I learned all about it, from researching, googling, reading, talking with others and experiencing the illness through my body, mind and spirit. I know more about breast cancer and its effects on women and families than I ever wanted to know. But it has made me who I am today and for that, I am grateful. I learned much about myself and the inner strength that I have come to rely on in my life.
Now that I have two family members battling Alzheimer’s and Dementia, my research has begun again in earnest. This time it’s not so much about the body, but more about the mind and as the caregiver this time and not the patient, my brain works overtime as does my patience.
The mind baffles me with its twists and turns with these diseases. In my research, I came upon the video below which brought me to tears and humbleness. As caregivers, we may lose our patience when asked for the umpteenth time the same question or when we are unsuccessfully trying to reassure an anxiety-ridden loved one whose brain is captured by a riddle. But we never know what they are enduring as their brains muddle through moment to moment, grasping and disconnecting at will. Their brains only deal with the present moment and that is their reality which changes. Talk about truly living in the present and working on finding peace in every single moment!
Perhaps this will give you a little insight as it did me. If you are a caregiver or love someone with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, please connect with me. Just as it helped me when I endured breast cancer, I believe that as always our connections only make us stronger.