living “what is”

  Oh my, I have not written anything on this blog in almost a year. I didn’t realize that I have been away for so long… Much has happened this past year. Some good… some not so good. I will recap my year very briefly to give context for this blog post’s title. A yearContinue reading “living “what is””

quietly slipping away

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.  -Jim Valvano Quietly slipping away, brain cells diminished by frontal-temporal dementia, my father exists a shell of a man. It has been a long time since I have written about my dad. It is difficult to express the sadnessContinue reading “quietly slipping away”

when the words are gone

original post date: September 12, 2012 on I visited my dad last week.  His dementia continues to progress and now his words are few. While he is able to dress himself, it is often with errors and he needs cues to use the proper utensil when eating. It makes me sad to see thisContinue reading “when the words are gone”

the long good-bye

My father has dementia. It is part of his family history. In his mother’s family, six of the seven siblings have had some sort of dementia. My aunt’s and uncles call it the “Larsen Disease.”   Those that are still able to are participating in a longitudinal study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.Continue reading “the long good-bye”