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Caregivers Who Have Lost Someone
My Mom, Joanne, passed away June 22, 2012. She was 76 years old and had Dementia for about 8 years. Dad had taken care of her at home for most of that time but she lived the last year in a nursing home.
She was not only my Mom, but she was my best friend, my inspiration in everything that I am and everything that I want be...she was and always will be my hero!!
My Dad, Bill, passed away December 1, 2014 from cancer. It was very sudden, 10 days from diagnosis to his passing. He had been my Mom's caregiver for the 8 years she had been diagnosed with Dementia. The last year of her life she lived on the Alzheimer's Care Floor of a nursing home. Dad sat with her all day from morning til night, every day until she passed away. They were married 58 years, together 60; they were high school sweethearts.
I miss my Dad terribly. I read somewhere to a girl, a father is her first love. To a boy, a father is his first hero. I believe that is true. My Dad was my first love. He was the model to which I measured all my boyfriends. I looked up to him, he was my protector, he kept me safe from harm, he was my hero. The love that he shared with Mom inspired me to have that kind of love in my own life.
Mother: Mary Smith; Age 91, beloved Mother and Grammie; homemaker, worked in department store and hospital business office when younger, amazing seamstress and crafter, cooked and baked to delight others. Loved everything Italian. Diagnosis: FrontoTemporal Dementia probably from having rheumatic fever as a child sustaining a badly damaged heart valve which she refused to have replaced and thus had multiple small strokes which caused the dementia.
Step-father: Fred Smith; Age 95. Retired Harbor Patrolman. Sports fan and loved watching horse races and bowling. Loved German food. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
MIL: Vera Richards; Age 92; beloved Mom and Grandma. Eastern Star, worked in department store, canned wonderful things to eat, loved Barbara Cartland novels, made heavenly divinity every Christmas. Made the old Iowan specialty: Made-Rites. Diagnosis: Alzheimer's Disease.
GIL: BertaAngelia Rogers; Age 99. An angel on earth indeed. Truly beloved by all; a rare gem. Farm raised, did not believe in spanking a child, cooked and baked like a dream, her rhubarb and gooseberry pies were legend. She was the perfect image of what all grandmas should look and sound like. Diagnosis: Alzheimer's Disease.
Step-mother: Hazel Warne; Homemaker, worked in Insurance Office when younger; dear and faithful wife and companion to my father in their later years. Master knitter, loved small dogs, loved baking. Diagnosis: Alzheimer's Disease.
So many 3rd anniversaries this year. My Mom will be gone 3 years June 22nd. There were so many of you that helped me thru that time. Cowboys & dayn2nite, I know you were 2 of them! I don't know how I would have made it without your kind words, guidance, wisdom, advice, the list goes on and on.
This site was a God-send to me when Mom was sick and during his passing.
My Aunt Jean, August, 2012
My dad, Jimmy, March 21, 2015
My husband Thomas, age 70, passed on April 17, 2015.
In January 2007 he had a traumatic brain injury that was
significant enough to trigger an Alzheimer like dementia.
We were married 25
My mom born 6/8/1918, passed from Alzheimer's 9/1/2000. My dad born 9/29/1919, passed from Alzheimer's 5/22/2012.
Love you both; miss you both terribly; a bit lost without you. I'll see you again one day. Bless you both.
Today marks the 3rd year of your passing. I remember that day so clearly as if it was yesterday. I wish I could have saved you and mom, both. I wish you could both send me a sign, even if in a dream. Give mom a hug and kiss for me, love you both.
My husand left this earth for his freedom from ALZ on independence day. Is significent to me , I am hurting but for him it was the best ever.