NY Times Article
An old friend of my mom’s sent me a copy of this article from the NY Times. It was devastating and hopeful all at once. Hopeful because the subject of the article has accepted her diagnosis, and has made the decision to live as positively as she can with her disease, trying even to make a difference for others with the same illness. I found it devastating as it’s yet one more concrete piece of proof that no matter how good my mom may sound in a given moment, she really does have dementia. The descriptions of the subject’s behavior may not manifest in exactly the same way my mother’s behaviors do, but they are the same behaviors, cause by the same disease. As used to mom’s growing incapacity as I am by now, I will never ever, really be used to it.