Welcome to Confessions of a Master Caregiver. Here you’ll get much more than the facts about Alzheimer’s, but funny and heartfelt stories of my personal journey as a now former unexpected caregiver, anecdotes for those trying moments, the latest news, introducing partners in this fight to END ALZ and yes, the health and fitness of it all.
I’m a writer, journalist, author, creative, sports lover, speaker and daughter… and not in any particular order, whose life was touched by Alzheimer’s. My maternal grandmother and later my mom were both afflicted with Alz. I already had a sense of the disease having seen how it affected my grandmother, but for my mom, I was full on numero uno, singular, full-time caregiver. It was overwhelming to say the least, but my cousins Camille and Allison, hey girls suggested that I write about it, knowing that I’m a writer. Excuse me? But no thank you, helping my mother with her day-to-day changes was tough enough, I didn’t want to rehash what I was experiencing.
But after a moment to breathe or a walk with my dog Polo, I realized perhaps they’re on to something and that writing my story, telling about my journey could help others like me, who have no clue on what to do and where to begin. My trial by fire could lessen the flame for others. Thinking of the bigger picture I dove right in, but what to name my blog?
At the time, I followed Sandra Bullock’s sister Gesine’s baking blog, which at the time was called, Confections of a Master Baker and I thought to myself, that’s kind of catchy and hence, “Confessions of a Master Caregiver” was born. Was I a master at caregiving? Nope, but they say, you have to think it to become it and I was putting it out into the universe that I was a master caregiver…..or at least I was going to be one.
Unfortunately I lost my mom on April 1st, 2012. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. Those were challenging times, fun ones too, as her caregiver, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world and I know that I am a stronger person for it. And while there are moments when I wonder if I did all that I could, I can rest knowing she was cared for and loved immensely and now she’s with my dad continuing to be my protectors, just from a higher place.