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Alzheimer's

Losing my Dad to Alzheimer’s Disease Broke My Heart

My Dad, the ever-optimist and leader of our family, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2001.   Let me tell you about my Dad.  My Dad’s smile would light up a room.  He was almost always positive and if you asked him how his day was going, he would likely reply “Fantastic, but it’s getting better!” He was […]

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CHRISTMAS

Christmases without Dad

I laugh when I put up my Christmas tree. Eight pieces or so, pre-lit, done within 30 minutes (fluffing included). Yet, for YEARS I watched my Dad struggle with his…organizing the color-coded branches, wrestling the lights (usually with language equally colorful), and replacing burnt out bulbs. Why didn’t he just go buy a pre-lit tree […]

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