Dealing with Changes

Dealing With Changes

Dealing with a major life change is a hard thing for anyone to get through despite support. My family has been wonderful in supporting my husband as we walk into new ground. My children feel safe and secure even though they worry about daddy. Read more

My Summer Vacation Plans

My Summer Vacation Plans

I have been dealing with a lot of pain recently and have decided to focus on the positive if I can for only a few minutes and talk about my summer vacation plans. I have plans to make a lot of new memories. They may not be remembered by me, but they will live on in my children, my wife, and my family. Read more

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

As with all of life’s great trials and tribulations this too shall pass. That is what I keep telling myself and my family, because what other option is there? Are we going to give up? That is not how our family works in times of crisis. Read more

I Ruined My Own Life

I Ruined My Own Life

It’s extremely easy to sabotage our own lives because we do not believe that we deserve happiness. We may not even be aware that we are doing this to our lives. That is why taking the time to think about if we are truly happy is so important. If we are not happy we need to identify the problem areas and actively work on fixing them instead of ignoring them and wishing them away. Read more

A Family Not Divided

A Family Not Divided

What defines a family? Biology? A piece of paper? Perhaps it is an unbreakable bond we call love. No matter what we shall be faced with we will do it together as a family. It’s how we have handled everything else and this situation will be no different. I have no plan and I have no more tears to cry for things which I can not change. I have God and my family, therefore I have all I need in this life to get by with His grace. Read more

This Change

This Change

I have been through many dramatic changes in the last decade of my life both extremely happy and heartbreaking. I made it through each one, but I’ll be honest and say I have no idea what I am supposed to do with this news that I have dementia. Read more

Why I Am Ok Not Getting to be My Partner’s #1- Self-Care Trumps all in my Relationship

Why I Am Ok Not Getting to be My Partner’s #1- Self-Care Trumps All in My Relationship

My partner, Riley, had a spinal cord injury 8 years ago. As a result, he is a C5/6 quadriplegic. This article speaks to how that reality impacts certain aspects of our relationship. Read more

A Letter to My Dad After His Dementia Diagnosis

A Letter to My Dad After His Dementia Diagnosis

Dear Daddy,

It’s your Jellybelly Bella. I am so proud of you and so sad at the same time. I don’t wanna believe it’s true. I know it is though because you and Mom wouldn’t lie to me. I need to tell how you how I feel in case one day I don’t have that opportunity. I won’t forget Daddy. I will never forget a second of having a real father. You always worried that your disability would ruin my life but I proved you wrong. It made me a better person. That was you Daddy and no disease can ever take that away from us. We’re not gonna give up on you. We’re never gonna do that Daddy. I don’t care what happens you will always be my Daddy and the best dad ever. Read more

Dementia Has Struck Our Home

Dementia Has Struck Our Home

Dementia is a deterioration of the brain and the most commonly recognized form is what we know as Alzheimer’s Disease. Very little is actually known about the mechanisms of this disease, the causes, and all we really know are the side effects. We now finally have hope with a new frontline of drugs hoping to slow the progression of this disease, but as of now no cure is on the horizon. Read more

I'm Losing My Mind

I’m Losing My Mind

Today’s blog is not a fun or easy one to write. Back in January 2017 I was diagnosed with dementia most likely early onset Alzheimer’s disease and have been going slowly crazy since it happened. I’m only in my late 30’s and had no idea this would ever be a possibility in my life. I feel like my life is over. Read more