I remember the moments of joy when things felt normal. Whether it was taking a walk on a nature trail or having a conversation in which my mom shined through.
I also remember the moments when the loss was so noticeable I had to leave the room to avoid puddling into tears.
I was the daughter. I can only imagine the intensity of loss with a spouse. Finding a way to manage the journey for everyone is the most difficult challenge for both those diagnosed and those acting as care partners.
It’s easy to get distracted by trying to reach for a destination, but as I learned, I needed to be in the moment, not charting out what’s next. That can be difficult in our world that has evolved to an “always on” mentality. I still have to remind myself of this with my friends and family.
This is just a note to be kind to yourself. I made many mistakes, and most likely, you will too. However, there are many individuals that have no one by their side helping them. It’s not an easy road and your loved one is lucky to have you on this journey with them. Be kind to yourself. Reminded.