The Dementia Chronicles

The Dementia Chronicles began as a way for me to flesh out the emotional pull of the ordeal in caring for a mother in the throes three illnesses–Alzheimer’s disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and schizophrenia. My husband, Bob, has been my rock through this entire ordeal. And, yet, he too has had to deal with his own issues. It’s not easy having my mother live with us.

If someone asked me, “Would you do it again?” I’d say, “No.”

However, it is often through hardship and pain that we might grow as human beings. We either grow or we curl up and die. And, believe me, there were times I wanted to just check out. No punches pulled here. Our “normal” life has been flipped on its head.

If you ask me, “Was it worth it?” From a character-building standpoint, I will say, “Yes.” From a Christian standpoint? I must say, “Yes.” Our Biblical directive is to accept what is given us because everything (the good and the not-so-good) is given by God.

Do I like it–the pain, the hardship, the disruption, and the stress of being my mother’s primary caregiver? No. I can’t say that I do.

Do I accept what Bob and I have been given? Of course. My faith trumps any arrogance to feel differently. So, for your convenience, I’ve accumulated all of the installments of The Dementia Chronicles, here, on a single page.