Beautifully written and heartbreaking, Melissa.
Since I was a little girl, my biggest fear has been losing my mother. More recently, the fear has become losing her to any form of dementia. Her mother and oldest sister both had Alzheimer’s, though not the early-onset variety. She’s now approaching 70 and becoming increasingly forgetful. I know if she is diagnosed, I will drop what I’m doing and fly 3500 miles to take care of her. But the thought fills me with immeasurable sadness.
Thank you for the glimpse into your life, which reminded me that if I am called to that duty, I can do it. And it will be an honor.
She has always taken such good care of me.
My prayers are with your family.