Bridge Between Two Worlds

From my friend Harry Urban, living with Alzheimer’s diagnosis more than 15 years,
this article is telling how it FEELS; accepting the loss and grief.

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The bridge between two worlds.

When you are diagnosed with some form of dementia, you become a citizen of the World of Dementia.
There is a bridge that allows you and your care partner to visit each other.

As your dementia progresses you become aware that you may no longer cross back into your old world.
It seems like your citizenship to that old world has been revoked and
you no longer belong there.
Your “give a darn factor” breaks
and you do not show the same enthusiasm about your old life.

The bridge is growing and increasing the distance between the two worlds
making it harder for you care partner to visit.
You may cross over but want to “go home”
to the place you feel safe and understand.

You start to forget that old world by not remembering names or places.
The bridge continues to grow until neither of you can visit each other
and soon the bridge collapse and you are alone. 
— Harry Urban, 25 Sep 2020

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Must accept the Loss and Grief, … so that we can appreciate remaining joy

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This entry can be found on Harry’s blog at http://www.mythoughtsondementia.com/blog.html .

Index for Harry’s pages on this (TruthfulKindness) blogspace is at https://truthfulkindness.com/index-persons-with-dementia-pwd/harry-urban/

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