Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ups and Downs

We were delighted to learn on Mother's Day that our son and his lovely wife are going to be parents in November.  It will be our first grand child and I can't wait to see what is in store for our family.

But this month has also brought deaths. Just yesterday I attended a funeral for a 32 year old (same age as my son). And although this beautiful young lady had health issues it is still hard to mourn her loss and that of her parents. Today, I received word that a friend of many years lost her valiant fight with cancer.  She was so tough and a real trooper through all of it.  My heart is broken about it.  She was brave and posted not long ago on her Facebook page that we must all love while we can, live while we can and stay in the moment.  This is so true -- a devastating illness shouldn't have to teach us this -- but many times it does.

I am finding it harder and harder to do things and it is getting me down.  I know I am to expect this considering how well I am doing, but it is frustrating. It is hard to admit to friends that many things that are so simple are beyond my reach -- what more can I say?

3 comments:

Carol said...

I'm so excited for you to become a grandparent! You will rock it!! I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friends. It seems like the older we get the more often we hear of great losses. Your friend said it so well .... live in the moment and don't take anything or anyone for granted.

Kris, as always, you amaze me with your strength!

Keith Murray said...

Hi Kris - i just read about your story on another blog - its great to see how well you are doing all these years on, my father is 67 and we suspect the worse right now due to his memory issues - some people tend to progress very slow and with others they go very fast, how did you first notice problems with yourself ? Thanks

Mary said...

I am 52, my mother died 2 years ago at 89, the doctors said she had been compensating for memory loss since her early 40's. So, I knew I would have the 'gene.'
I have had memory loss for over 10 yrs now, forgetting words mid sentence, getting lost while driving to a familiar place, reading a magazine from cover to cover putting it down walk away and can't tell you what I've just read. It has gotten worse these past few months.
2 months ago I had an event? Not sure what it was, short story :
I woke up panicked, and crying very anxious. With the feeling that I wasn't myself. I have been off work for 6 weeks now , had 3 MRI's they thought tumor on my pituitary gland, then said normal. referred me now to neurology. I believe I have dementia/Alzheimer's. I can't find words to finish a sentence, normal routine doesn't exist. Of course I am also perimenopausal.I have had type 1 juvenile diabetes since my 20's in good control. I've never commented or done anything like this. Read your blog and here we go.

Thanks ,
Mary