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I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
How I see my life
My life is like Peggy's life, she is the sister of Gothic Gremlin. My life is somewhat like her life, although I do not have the depth of her verbal difficulties. My life has definitely become smaller. I call this my bubble. I don't see this as sad, because I have had a great life. I see this as the next step in my life. I see myself as a Pioneer, not as a victim. When I am in my bubble, I feel comfortable. Unfortunately for me, I still have to interact with the outside world too much because I have to do everything myself. But I am working on this part, meaning, I am working on limiting the outside world.
I posted over here because I did not want to hijack Gothic Gremlin's thread. I have come to realize that patients and family members look at our situations so differently. I'm not saying that having dementia is good, no, not at all. It's more like, I was handed these lemons (memory deficits and my many medical issues), so I'm going to make lemonade. I'm going to make the best out of a bad situation. And believe me, it's been bad, very bad. But with whatever I have at my disposal, I am determined to make the remainder of my life be not bad. To be as good as I can make it, on my own.
I must add that I did go through a deep depression phase that lasted about eleven months. I only came through the deep depression by changing my perspective and by becoming a Pioneer in my mind. I absorbed everything I read on these message board pages and came up with a new philosophy of life to enable me to go on. It's the only thing that helps me.
You are an amazing pioneer. You have helped so many people. I joined this group when I had to place my DH in MC and you along others helped me more then you will ever know. I hope in some way we can help you, through this journey. We are here form you. Hugs Zetta
Iris you are an exceptionally Brave Pioneer, I can't imagine the issues you have and constantly deal with. Mine seem so trivial. I do my best to keep my positive bubble. Thanks for that phrase. it seems that it gets deflated more and more recently, however I pump it back up with positive thoughts and prayers. After all you might remember I promised my 9 year old Granddaughter that I will beat her High School Graduation. That is only 5 years away. I am and want to continue to everything possible to attend her graduation. We have 5 other Grand Children, so I need to work really hard to work towards that hast one's diploma which will be in 2033. Holy Molly, I will not say how ancient I will be then,but that is my next target.
MY PCP and his partner are optomistic, (sp) sorry, hopefully they are on track and realistic. At any rate, I am ready for when He calls me home. I simply Pray, and do my best DAILY to keep myself in shape and in contact with reality. Sometimes it is really hard, jet I do want to keep pushing so I am not a burden on anyone.
Thank you for your positive approach. I know it is helpful to me, hopefully to many others. I can't remember the name of the new person to this string, However, Welcome. I will pray for your support too. May God Bless each of you. Have a great day!!!!! EllisA