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 Spiritual Life during September 2015:
September 13, 2015
When I asked, “Why me Lord” I was answered because you are strong enough to speak out for those that can’t. … I knew what I was being asked to do.
That was 11 years ago and I knew I had to be trained in living with dementia and being diagnose with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type would be my teacher.
I spent time in the pits of my disease and learned how to climb out. I cried with frustrations on losing my identity and feeling the pain that goes with my disease. I graduated and was rewarded with the knowledge on how to enjoy the remaining portion of my life and live with my Alzheimer’s.
I never got time off for good behavior and to this day, I am constantly reminded that my diagnoses was correct. I also have the need to help others and show them what I have learned. Even with the hardships and frustrations of living with Alzheimer’s I am able to enjoy my life and say, “Thank You Lord”.
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
((Most readers are familiar with light prose of “Footprints in the Sand”, copyright 1984 by Mary Stevenson from her original document of 1936; link for text and copyright info available at link bottom of page.))
September 28, 2015
Foot prints in the sand is a constant reminder to me that I am never alone. Your belief or non-belief is out of my hands and I will not discuss it because these are my thoughts and yours belong to you.
Living with dementia you can’t help but think of your mortality and when that final chapter will be written.
Knowing that unconditionally I am never walking alone makes my journey that much easier and keeps me out of the shadows of dementia. I wasn’t always this secure but as the years go by, I don’t think anymore what lies ahead because I am never alone.
Footprints text and other info available at website http://www.footprints-inthe-sand.com/index.php?page=Poem/Poem.php
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