It is hard to know where to start on a post about something personal. For the past several years, we have kept quiet about my Mom's condition in order to respect her privacy. However, with the changes we have had to make in order to care for her, it is no longer possible. If you read my short Facebook post, you know we have purchased a home in West Salem to be closer to my Mom and rented out our home and studio in Monmouth. We do have plans to go back but currently we need to be closer to my parents.
First of all, before I talk about my Mom's health, I wanted to thank all our clients who have been patient with us as we make adjustments to how we are doing things. I also want to make it known, we will be still very actively taking jobs, so please still contact us for sessions. We may change how we do things but will still be available to our clients. I will keep you updated on changes along the way. Change can also mean good things and I promise we will do our best to make these changes positive for our clients.
A few of you do know of my Mom struggles but many do not. My Mom is battling the horrible disease we call Alzheimer’s. I call it a battle because I have watched her fight hard to stop this beast of a disease from taking hold of her but unfortunately there is no way to fight it off forever. There have been many ups and downs in the past few years but obviously I like to focus on the ups.
I have had the chance to have amazing moments with my Mom and continue too, even in this current day. She is very much still a part of this life and her family. She loves just as deeply, worries about her loved ones, and shares in joys and sorrows. I have found her love for her family does not change even in the worst moments. I have learned that even in the tough moments, our bond can and has become stronger. I have seen just how strong of a man my Dad is and I am unbelievably thankful for his never quit attitude. Through him, I have seen what marriage is truly about by watching him stand by mom's side. Then there is Justin, who has become my true rock and is an even greater man than I thought possible. He has been more than willing to make every change needed so we can be there for my parents. I love him more then he knows for this. And the most amazing thing I have seen through my Mom is even as she struggles with her losses, her faith in God has not wavered.
With all the positives I can give of course there are hard days but I do want our friends and family to realize we are still living a good life. Some days may bring tears but some have us in tears laughing about the day’s events. I am so thankful to be able to be near her during this phase of life in both the good and the not so good days.
For those of you who know my Mom, I have one request...that whenever you see her, or think of her, you don't think of the loss that she may currently have but see her for everything she has left, everything she has always been, and the person she will always be to the ones that love her. I am a truly blessed woman to be able to call her my Mom.