Why am I doing this?
People who know me know that, by and large, I’m not one to spend a lot of time blowing my own horn. Why should anyone care if I’m having a hard time figuring out a tip or who might be holding the Queen of Hearts?
I’m pleasantly surprised that writing and reflecting on my experience helps me to feel more confident and less overwhelmed. Like for the traveler who finds himself on the detour to Alzheimer’s Canyon with a map of blank pages, a little guidance goes a long way.
So, one reason to write is self-serving: it helps me to understand and learn from the often confusing new life I’ve got going on…
And, if other people on the Alzheimer’s detour, or with friends and loved ones on the detour, feel some comfort or support from these words, all the better! We demented ones and our care partners need to be recognized, respected and, above all, listened to, as we stumble along this journey we never asked to take.
I’m living with the assumption that understanding and compassion are essential to this world we all share. My plan is go on chronicling my experiences just as long as I remain able to do so.
Hang on, tight!