This blog is about the daily struggles and embracing my life with Mom. It’s a life that partially happened to me and partially is the result of my choices and values.
I am single, childless, urban and in my thirties. I live with my Mom who has dementia, still relatively moderate stage though that is enough to make life plenty complicated for both of us. When Dad died, I stopped and reflected on my values in a deep way and made the choice to do the best that I could for her. It was not the easiest choice but it was my mine.
My Mom was a formidable woman but possibly her greatest skill was maintaining positivity. She trained herself over her life to look on the bright side, find the humor, focus on the positive. Now, I appreciate this quality so deeply as I see her do this even in painful moments. She tried to impart that to me. Now, I have plenty of opportunity to put positivity into action every day, if not every hour, with her. Sometimes it works.