It is one of the saddest things to experience. That period of time when you realize a parent may or may not know who you are anymore. I had heard many people say this as their parents suffered through the last phase of their lives, but to actually live the reality hurts through and through.
It is not personally hurtful because you understand the circumstances. What hurts is how cruel it is. From the beginning of the downward slide, the most consistent thing is how you can never hope that your parent is ever going to get better. What hurts even more is seeing how quickly one’s mind can literally disappear. [Read more…]