The story I posted earlier this week DEMENTIA: The Long 24 Hours by Norman McNamara tells of Norms dementia journey with great clarity, and ripped our heart-strings right out of our chest. Reading it was devastating; it was like viewing our own dementia train crashing. Norms courage in sharing it is inspiring, and he and Richard Taylor will help keep me motivated to work really hard against the symptoms of dementia, and to continue to speak out.
The sadness in Norms words took my dear husband and I a little by surprise, and to a place we try to avoid; the future! It dragged us right out of our denial bubble… For now things are moving relatively slowly, but who knows when the train will take off, or in which direction. Of course, sometimes my blogs take him to a place he’d rather not go; and yet my writing about it helps me heal, rather than drags me down. When I read Norms story, I felt the pain my loved ones feel when they read about mine.
One day, we are told, our dementia train is going to crash, take us to a place of horror and destruction beyond our current recognition.
We can read about it, we have lost loved ones who’ve been there, and we have friends who are currently closer to the final train wreck of dementia.
And yet, it is still hard to believe it will happen to us.