I want to tell you how much I miss my mother. Bits of her are still there. I miss her most when I’m sitting across from her. Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent
Alzheimer’s is a cruel, cruel disease. The entire family suffers. Interviewing daughters who have lost or are losing their mothers to this horrible disease has taught me much. Early-onset Alzheimer’s and other early dementias are particular horrific.
I had the honor to interview, Allie, a young daughter whose mother started showing signs of Alzheimer’s at age forty seven, Allie was eleven. This is a portion of a poem Allie wrote while she was her mother’s part-time caregiver for six years.
Allie is now a successful college student and her mother is in memory care.
Don’t You Forget About Me
I cannot say the words, they are too hard to say
I rue the moment that I fade, the memories went away
I had a beautiful mom whose mind went one day
I had a mom who was too sick to stay
I blame the disease that stripped her that way
I hate that I won’t see her on my wedding day
Affirmation: I care about the suffering of others.
Coaching questions: If you are a care-giver of someone with dementia, in what ways are you taking care of yourself? How can you reach out to others for support? Write a poem or a letter or draw a picture to help release some of your emotions.