Like many families, we were dealt a blow with my dad’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. His early onset robbed our family of precious time with him. Frustrating? Beyond words. Could there be a more humiliating disease? Not likely. The phrases “death without a funeral” and “the long goodbye” sum up Alzheimer’s disease perfectly.
So, how does (or did) your family handle this disease? Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to share?
Our family tried to handle as much as we could with a smile. We decided that it was better to laugh at certain situations than to cry. And trust me, we’ve done our share of crying.
Dad’s battle with this horrid disease ended in the very early hours of July 24, 2011. The affects of his disease and death were life changing and continue to shape, challenge and change me as I move forward without my dad.