THE TROUBLED BRAIN

Wednesdays, I’ll be posting thoughts to THE TROUBLED BRAIN. Today, May 2, 2018, is the inaugural post and I’ve taken the opportunity to set up for you what to expect with these posts…

I’m writing this post on the eve of my mother’s birthday. If she was still alive, Mom would be 81 tomorrow.

After Mom passed away, December 19, 2016, I lost time and space, lost track of my comings and goings. My memories of more than two months vanished. But I did write some. I spent little writing to The Dementia Chronicles and mostly to the novel I left in limbo during the final month of Mom’s health giving out. I wanted to write my experiences throughout the time I cared for Mom but could barely lift my mind in that direction. Grief had me by the throat. I did and said things that, were I allowed to go back and erase those words, those actions, I would in a heartbeat.

Still today, after 17 months, I cannot bring myself to write the memoir part of the Chronicles. I decided this morning that, until I can honor my mother and our family properly with the memoir, I would write what I know in a more technical manner about brain function in the failing brain. In doing so, I will talk about these three aspects of brain malfunction:

  1. Alzheimer’s disease,
  2. Dementia, and
  3. Primary Progressive Aphasia.

I had a crash course with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I’m only recently learning the devastation of primary progressive aphasia.

Maybe these Wednesday posts of The Troubled Brain will help other people who either have one of these diseases or are caring for someone with one of the diseases. First off, let me say, “God bless you.” It’s not an easy road. In fact, it may be the most challenging time you’ll ever face.

So, this first post isn’t too long, I’ll refer you to websites for a more authoritative discussion on these three brain diseases. They are:

ALZ.org regarding Alzheimer’s disease

ALZ.org regarding Dementia

Aphasia.org regarding Primary Progressive Aphasia

Let me also say, that everyone’s story is different, but I think we can all agree that the similarities between each person’s story, and each person in the story, is one to learn from, to give comfort to, and to empathize with.

Last thing, I may not post these weekly, but I will post at least monthly.


Since my mom’s death, I started a novel in which there is a character, a grandfather, who is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.

READ THE EXCERPT HERE

 

 

 

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