"The doctor tells me I have Alzheimer's." The truth of my husband's
words shook our world. This is my diary written for a time during
the ten years of his spiral into another space. I began writing to
vent my frustrations, sometimes anger. After a year and a half of
writing, that anger had turned to acceptance. As our relationship
turned from mutuality to one-sided dependency, my emotions changed
as well. My husband's core personality remained intact throughout.
He did however become more childlike, requiring me to reclaim my
maternal instincts. When Dave was settled in the living room
watching the news, I would go to my office to write. The events of
the day often lead me to the memories of our earlier life. Often
too, those memories would be a springboard for others--those of my
childhood. I soon began to realize our experience could be of help
and comfort to those who are close to a loved one with this strange
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