I have been thinking about this for a long time -
In Heaven there is no Alzheimer's.
And now, I am convinced this is true.
In fact, I think when you go to Heaven you remember everything. The good stuff and the bad stuff. While thinking about this I have concluded that the bad stuff is there to make you stronger.
Here is another thing of which I am certain. If you have ever wondered if your loved one living with dementia appreciates your caregiving effort you'll find out in Heaven. Guess, what? Your learn two things.
Yes, a person living with Alzheimer's does appreciate you more than you can imagine. Maybe they aren't telling you this right now. And maybe, you doubt it right now. They do, don't doubt.
Here is second thing you are going to find out - I'm certain about this.
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By Bob DeMarco
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When I go out on speaking engagements I run into people that already know me. They know me from the Alzheimer's Reading Room.
Many of them say, you are going to Heaven. They say it kind of matter as fact. They say it with complete conviction and belief. Over time, they have convinced me its true. I hope they are right.
If they are right, you are going to Heaven right along with me.
Can caring for someone afflicted with dementia erase all your sins; and, earn you a ticket to Heaven? Why not? Here is one thing I know for sure, you are admired and respected right here on earth for your effort.
I don't need to know you in person to say, "I admire and respect you". You are operating every day at a very high station in life.
Some people have concluded that I gave up my life to care for my mom - Dotty. Say what? I was living my life to the fullest while I was caring for her. Somebody had to do it - and that somebody was me.
Some people come up to me and say - You are a Saint. Hmm. I have to admit I like that one.
Saint Bobby. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
Here try it. Say out loud Saint (say your name). Keep doing it every day.
Here is another thing of which I am certain. When we get to Heaven we will remember every detail of our lives. All the good stuff and all the bad stuff.
We won't remember our care giving effort as the bad stuff.
We will be very proud of our effort and everyone will know what we did.
Let me ask you this. Why wait until you get to Heaven to be proud of your caregiving effort? Why not do it right now!
In Heaven there is no Alzheimer's. Just the joy of knowing what we accomplished.
I wonder what the veal parmigiana tastes like in Heaven. I am going to be very disappointed if it is not the best I ever tasted.
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