I had a wonderful trip to the Midwest to visit my mother and sister. My mother suffers from Alzheimer’s. She doesn’t know who I am but she is very happy and she has an inner light that shines through her confused state of mind.
My mother has her PhD in Special Education. She worked her entire life to gain an education. As I was growing up, my mother worked full time and she would study at night as she went to night school. When I graduated from high school my mother graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She continued working full time as a resource teacher and went to school in the evening to earn her Master’s and PhD degrees in special education.
Throughout my childhood to present day, my favorite scripture has been:
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14–16.)
My mother is letting her light shine even though she is trudging through her life in a dense fog. She has a radiant smile and is so loving. I am delighted by her gaiety as she sees the world through eyes of a small child noticing every new smell, taste and sight. I love this dear woman and pray that she continues to love life for an eternity.
a common form of dementia, believed to be caused by changes in the brain, usually beginning in late middle age, characterized by memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability, and progressive loss of mental ability.
A degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by clumps of neurofibrils and microscopic brain lesions and by confusion, disorientation, memory failure, and speech disturbances, and resulting in progressive loss of mental capacity.
Origin of Alzheimer’s disease Expand
named after Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915), German neurologist, who described it in 1907