Category: Our Journey

OUR JOURNEY

Early Signs I held my annual holiday sale early this past December. I have been doing this with a group of women artists for well over 30 years. Only three of us original artists still participate in the sale. It

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OUR JOURNEY

A good night’s rest? Through this journey with Barry suffering from frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and our money worries, people ask me if I have a hard time sleeping. Actually, there have been very few nights since our troubles began when

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OUR JOURNEY – TIES

BARRY’S TIES I am constantly trying to figure out Barry’s clothing. His care center closet is sometimes full and other times practically empty. When I see the lady on the first floor wearing one of his shirts, I know why

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OUR JOURNEY – Food for thought.

Really hard stuff to think about I go to a support group for frontal temporal dementia (FTD) care givers and loved ones. There I said it. I GO TO A SUPPORT GROUP! I am Swedish, and we don’t talk about

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OUR JOURNEY – Dance with Me

I was pushing buttons on my phone a few months ago, trying to get to the calculator, when suddenly my phone started playing Ben Harper’s song, In the Colors. I stopped and listened as Ben sang, “come dance with me

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OUR JOURNEY – BIG HIPS

You look fat Every once in a while, I see a small part of the old Barry come out. One day late this summer, I took Barry down to the courtyard at his care center. He had not been talking

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OUR JOURNEY – GOLF

Playing golf I started playing golf 10 years ago when our kids were older and we had the time, and because it was something Barry and I could do together. Barry really loved playing golf. When Barry bought clubs for

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OUR JOURNEY

Holidays can be tough Since Barry’s dementia diagnosis, holidays have been pretty tough. This Christmas, I felt alone and overwhelmed because Barry needs a lot more care now. I worry all day about what he is doing at home while

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