When you're taking the Alzheimer's Walk, whether it's your own journey or whether you are walking alongside a loved one, there are many . . . many . . . things that will break your heart along the way. But the truly amazing thing about the Alzheimer's Walk is that there are also some stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful, amazing, moments, as well. Amidst the heartache, one can actually find joy.
And that's how you get through the days.
For me, one of the most amazing things about the Walk is the people you meet along the way. People that will touch your heart so strongly that you will never be the same again. I'd like to tell you about two of those people now.
Barbara Taylor Vaughan has Alzheimer's. She lives with her daughter, Missy, who has MS. I don't know them personally. Only through Facebook. Barbara keeps up a running commentary on her Alzheimer's Walk with Missy at her side. Barbara's commentaries are priceless: sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always, always real.
Between them, they have more courage and compassion than you could ever hope to find in one lifetime.
They inspire me, these two wonderful ladies, and they don't even know it. As I walk alongside my Dad on his Walk, I often think of the two of them. And I wrap all of us -- my family, my Dad, Missy and her Mom, all the families out there dealing with this unbearable disease -- I mentally wrap all of us in love. And hope.
Barbara is my songbird, singing her song on Facebook and making me smile. She is the subject of my latest painting and it is entitled "Love Never Forgets Love."
To Barbara and Missy, with love. ❤