Harry is one of my primary mentors, and the prime reason I take the time and energy to write my own blog, and the many hours I spend to share the writing of others.
Below are some excerpts from Harry’s blog on subject of Recharging during September 2015 (other than crafts which have separate page):
September 16, 2015
What do I have to complain about when I am able to sit on my bench under a beautiful sunny cloudless sky and let my mind drift where ever it wants to. I’m a dreamer even though I was diagnosed with dementia. I dream a lot when I’m sitting on my bench soaking up the energy that is all around me.
I feel the sun peaking through the trees and shining on my face and the soft breeze blowing around me. These sensations tend to recharge me and make me realize that it is possible to live with Alzheimer’s and enjoy life. I watch the birds and the squirrels playing, things I never did before my mind was introduced to the world of dementia.
I watch a leaf fall and it reminds me that fall is rapidly coming and more leaves will be changing colors. I see and hear geese flying overhead telling me that winter is coming and it is time to migrate. Am I day dreaming or is nature talking to me and letting me know what is to come? It doesn’t matter because despite my dementia, I am enjoying the time I have left.
September 19, 2015
I love the spirit of Christmas and wish we would could have it 365 days of the year. I am not taking anything away from the true meaning of Christmas but love the fellowship we share during the Christmas Holidays. These feelings, unfortunately, aren’t around most of the time because we just don’t have the time or energy to share them.
There are the hum bugs around Christmas but the love that is displayed during the season outweighs the grumpiness shown by a few. I don’t care about the gift giving but although I can’t carry a tune, I enjoy singing Christmas songs.
I enjoy seeing the people I would otherwise not see and sharing stories since we last saw each other. The smells of Christmas knocks my socks off and I love hanging around the kitchen at that time. I guess what I’m trying to say is you will probably find me annoying with my ho ho ho attitude and it’s not even close to Thanksgiving.
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September 13, 2015
I’m going to sit right down and write myself a letter. In this letter I will write why I want to continue fighting my Alzheimer’s and what I need to do to stay out of the shadows of dementia. I will list the things that I refuse to let Alzheimer’s steal from me and what is keeping me alive. I will tell about the joys I have in life and remind myself that there is life after my diagnosis.
My letter will be kept where I can read it everyday and remind myself never to give up. — Harry Urban on Sept 13, 2015
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