Embrace it

Celia Anita and her mother, Celia Adriana USA

“When life hands you Alzheimer’s, embrace it.” I was my mother’s primary caregiver to Alzheimer’s. And if I had heard that statement while I was in the thick of care giving trenches, I would have quickly dismissed the advice as superficial and one-dimensional. But as a recovering caregiver, I realize the power of that statement. Unintentionally and unrehearsed, I did embrace Alzheimer’s during the early stages of this journey, and that very act fundamentally defined my experience, converting an otherwise stressful journey into a mindful and meaningful series of life lessons. What helped me a lot is to develop a series of compassionate mission statements to meet each phase of the disease. Like anything in life, the more I looked truth in the eye, the less panic I felt”

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