If It’s Not Alzheimer’s, What Is It?

A jumbled up puzzle

In “Mom Update: February 2013” I wrote about how quickly mom’s disease is progressing and how it might be something in addition to or instead of Alzheimer’s disease. Oh we’ve been calling it Alzheimer’s disease, but the truth is — we don’t know what mom has.  Mom had an MRI in 2006 that ruled out […]

Mom Update: February 2013

There are no mistakes, no coincidences.  All events are blessings, given to us to learn from.  ~   Elisabeth Kubler-Ross “I think your mom has about a year,” is all I remember from my first visit with mom last week.  I didn’t get a chance to ask questions until our Care Meeting on Wednesday, but by […]

Gratitude: A Prayer Meditation

I’m going home for a week on Saturday, and I’m preparing for my trip by selecting two pair of shoes that will go with six different outfits and plow through slush and snow. I’m also mentally preparing for the changes in my mom that are sure to be evident, and for my ability to join […]

Sweaty Sweethearts In The Huffington Post

A few weeks ago, Huffington Post sent a shout out for photos of couples exercising together.  So of course I obliged and sent in a picture of Vince and I before we ran the Shenandoah Apple Blossom 10K last May. Here’s the HP article titled, “The Perfect Workout Partner: Why Couples Who Sweat Together Stay […]

Minneapolis Bound: February 2013

Next Saturday I fly from the cold state of Virginia to the freezing cold state of Minnesota.  With one friend going to Puerto Rico this month and another on a Caribbean Cruise, I can’t help but wonder if I have it backwards by heading north.  But this is what it’s come to — my airline […]

Racing Alzheimer’s: Mom’s New Year Resolutions

The funny thing is, it didn’t occur to me the Alzheimer’s I’d be racing, would be my mom’s. New Year Resolutions are like a Bucket List, only with a deadline.  I’ve been writing down resolutions for years now, with some previous goals being to participate in Alzheimer’s research, learn how to meditate, lose 5lbs. (of […]

The Alzheimer’s Storm II: Caregiver Stress

An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.    ~  G. K. Chesterton Parenting is one of the hardest jobs there is, and I’m pretty sure the fierce animal love we have for our children is what makes it possible to parent day after day without drowning ourselves in the bath water. So it’s sort of a […]

Keeping It Simple: An Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet

If ever there was a good excuse to eat unhealthy food, the Super Bowl would be it.  There were chicken wings, chili, cornbread muffins, and chips at my house.  Then my little Super Bowl party of two, (my husband and I), treated ourselves to a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra around half-time.  Note: […]