Have you ever been walking in the Spring or Summer and suddenly it started to rain?
The air is warm but the raindrops are cold as they come in contact with your skin. The cold drops send shivers through your body.
This is what it feels like as I continue to watch Peggy disappear.
Sometimes, it is hard to hear the warmth of her familiar voice and the coldness in her words.
I will continue my walk with Peggy this spring as the cold rain falls into my heart and sends shivers through my body.
This walk in the rain is called life and we all experience it's warmth and it's chill. Each of us must decide how we will react to a situation when the rain falls in our lives.
I had an umbrella of hope for years and when I called Peggy, I could stop the cold, chilling rain of Alzheimer's from touching my skin.
Now, the umbrella of hope has been folded and put away and we are both soaked to the skin.
I will continue to walk in the cold rain of this disease as it continues to drown my sister.
I can either look back and see how much I have lost or look forward and see how far I have come.
I do look back sometimes and cry at the unfairness of this disease touching Peggy's life at such a young age. But I was never promised that life would be fair and life has been very unfair to Peggy.
The Alzheimer's rain is pouring down on her and there is no umbrella that can protect her mind from the flood of this disease as it drowns her thoughts, memories and future.
I remember the summer rains when we were children. I remember playing in the cold rain and watching Peggy twirl around to try and catch the drops in her mouth.
I cannot stop the Alzheimer's rain from pouring down on Peggy but......
I can walk with her as.....
She continues to drown.
I Love You Today, Peggy!