This past week has been emotionally draining. My friend at work lost her dad and a friend who's spouse also had EOAD passed away (ironically on Mike's birthday). I only got to know my friend Elena this past year. She is a member of the dinner group that gets together every month who all have young spouses with some form of dementia. I did not know her husband, but while at his wake, I was able to "meet" her husband through the beautiful display of pictures and video that was running throughout the night. As I looked at his pictures, I saw a handsome young husband and father - someone who had his entire future ahead of him. He may have been diagnosed when he was a little older than Mike, yet his was still far too young.
This disease destroys a person in SO MANY ways. Looking at a picture that Elena had of her husband a few days before he passed, I could not believe it was the same vibrant person staring back at me at the pictures on display. There are not many diseases that can destroy a person's body & mind in the way that Alzheimer's does. I will continue to fight for all those who can no longer speak for themselves.
Rest in Peace Jim.