Hello new friends! Today I'm going to try and follow the instructions for Claudia's "Finding Beauty," celebration over at Dipity Road. Please note her site link at the top left hand side of this post. I sure hope I'm doing everything correctly..here goes.
Elizabeth Simmons (Betty to all who know and love her.)
This is my beautiful Mother. This photo was taken in March of 2008.
This is Betty today in January 2010. Unbelievable isn't it?
She may not look too beautiful to some, but to me, she's more beautiful today than I've ever known her to be. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in the Spring of 2004. This unpleasant disease is a progressive and degenerative disease, which means that it gets worse over time. These photos attest to that.
I thought long and diligently through the night, before waking up to share this information with my new friends on this site today. It was never out of shame for my mother..it was because when I sat and tried to pinpoint the beauty around me, which is what Claudia's weekly celebration is all about..I saw first and foremost, the beauty in my mother.
My husband Robert and I have taken on full-time care for this precious woman. We simply did not have the heart to place her in a facility. That day may find it's way to us (doctors have told us it might), but until God tells our spirit's to release this beloved woman from our lives, we will honor her by continuing to love and care for her.
My apologies if this post was unpleasant to any of you. Through my art I've always tried concentrating on "pretty" the type "pretty" I know we all passionately want to see and believe in. The type "pretty" that commercial tv and magazine ads encourage us to concentrate on. But sometimes life offers sweetness, happiness, and "pretty" in other forms too.
Today I've allowed you to see inside my private world. I won't fib and say that dealing with Alzheimer's is all sweetness and happiness every single day. But what I can say is that I stand daily on a threshold of a situation that could happen to any of us. I have no real formula to share with those that might one day look through the same mirror Robert and I have been looking through since 2004, we simply dive headlong into each day that God allows my mother to still be here with us, and do the best we can.
I leave you all today with one remaining concept: I believe that "everything" has a purpose, that "everything" that comes into our lives is "perfect," and "is in Divine Order." May blessings, love, patience and sunshine, always be with each of you, Terri