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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What is it like being an Alzheimer's caregiver? Embracing the Moment


By Barbara Pursley


Mother was forgetful. I was frustrated.

Mother was angry. I was angry.
Mother was delusional. I was bewildered.
Mother was confused. I was perplexed.
Mother was depressed. I was depressed.
Mother was diagnosed. I was shocked.
Mother was in denial. I was in denial.
Mother was withdrawn. I was fearful.
Mother was in pain. I was in pain.
Mother was adjusting. I was accepting.
Mother laughed. I was ecstatic.
Mother was physically present. I was emotionally absent.
Mother forgot my name. I cried.


Barbara Pursley was born in Galveston, Texas and is the author of EMBRACING THE MOMENT. Barabara attended Santa Monica College, studied photography, and worked as a commercial photographer before returning to Texas to care for her mother. Barbara also taught journal writing to women in Texas rehabilitation facilities. She put her God inspired journal entries and photographs into book form in 2009.

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