TOUCHING THE FACE OF GOD.
I'm not sure which is worse...losing someone you love suddenly or losing someone you love slowly. I don't know about the suddenly but I know, first hand about the slowly.
When a loved one dies suddenly...you don't have a chance to say good-bye. Alzheimer's disease gives you a long time to say good-bye but with one major catch....the person who is going away cannot say good-bye... back to you.
Our family is living...The Long Good-bye.
Peggy is stretching her arms to heaven. She is reaching out to touch the face of God and will continue to struggle for years. Other's touch God's face in an instant.
I wish that I could let her stand on my shoulders so that her reach would be longer and her fingers could softly touch the face of God..
Even though I will miss her when she reaches her goal. I will celebrate with her when her Long Good-bye is over.
Alzheimer's disease has been a teacher. It has taught me how fragile life is and the pain of not being able to say good-bye.
Alzheimer's has taught me patience, persistence, fear, frustration, anger and what a living death really means.
It has taught me that it is harder on family members to watch a loved one disappear than it is on the person afflicted with the disease.
It has taught me that Alzheimer's is not just an elderly person's disease. It can strike a young woman in her 40's with just as much vengeance.
Alzheimer's disease has taught me that a Sister is forever........death will not end our sister bond....
Even as she continues to disappear from my life.
I Love You Today, Peggy!
Love You....Mean It!!!