Until Mom’s diagnosis, I understood Alzheimer’s as a memory problem associated with aging. Over-the-hill Alzheimer’s jokes seemed hilarious. After the diagnosis, I devoured book after book about the disease. It was not just about memory loss. It was about a slow, crippling, terminal descent caused by loss of brain function that begins with memory. The jokes lost their humor. Today, I become offended by any attempt at humor at the expense of Alzheimer’s Disease.
|Train selfie during our California trip.|
Ella loves to travel. She's never met a stranger.
|Ella is a soft doll artist. She loves to create|
with fabric, thread, and her imagination.
|Ella loves the challenge of a blank canvas.|
|It was, is, and always will be beautiful, |
unique, fun-loving Ella in the mirror.
Nothing can take that away.
Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books.