This blog is about life with my husband who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and Frontal Lobe Dementia in 2008. He was 64 at the time although now, knowing more about the disease, Alzheimer's was present many, many years ago, which is why early detection is so important. As you read the blog the character"Al" that I created in 2008 represents the way that Alzheimer's is invading our daily lives.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Thoughts running through Sheri's head

Sheri has lost her way
She has lost Bob
She has lost herself
She has lost the definition of who she is
If she is not Bob's caregiver
Then who is she?
Sheri has lost her way.

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

5 comments:

  1. You have voiced a challenge that so many caregivers struggle with...After 3 years of being a 24/7 caregiver I have no clue who I am without my husband...I can only imagine how enormous this question is for you Sheri being over 8 years into caregiving...I think caregiving for someone who has any form of dementia is so all consuming in comparison to caregiving for a person with a physical disability but who is mentally sharpe that it is very easy for the caregiver to have any sense of who they are in the "after" whether the after represents the placement or death of their loved one...Much strength to you Sheri in the coming days, weeks and months ahead....Tanis

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  2. Dear Sheri, you have not lost our loving shepherd and heavenly Father...and He will never lose you. Praying for you daily~~Kathryn Z.

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  3. You are Sheri - a wife, a mother and maybe in the future you will be the special caregiver. You will be the one to add in the extra love to supplement to what Bob's main caregivers will give him. Someday you will likely be a grandmother who will have so much love to share with your grands. This is only a section of your journey. You will have so much knowledge to share with those caregivers you meet who are just starting on their
    journeys. Live in the present but keep part of your mind open to wondering about the future and be hopeful. Never feel guilty that your life and Bob's turned out so differently. God has a plan for you.

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  4. You may just be starting to really "find" yourself now and not be defined only being a caregiver for "AL". You are a multidimensional person and you cannot lose yourself in someone else. Pain and suffering is all too real. We have no choice but to accept it,by the grace of God.Your husband ill or not should not define you.Prayers....

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  5. Praying with you as you find new path for you and Bob.

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