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by Annabel Sheila
Monday, March 07, 2011
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I often think about my husband's mother....who suffered for the last few years of her life with dementia....most of the time she seemed so alone....


Stripped of reason, mind naked to the world
She struggles with her dismal reality!
Afraid, uncertain, she withdraws into herself
Where sadly, she increasingly retreats
 To the only place she finds solace!
No recognition in her quizzical stare.
Why do they call her mother? Grandmother?
They are complete strangers and yet
At times familiarity nudges her addled mind
And a knowing smile lights up her face.
These are the moments when life
Filled with promise and hope
Lifts her spirits and she soars!
But the lucidity never lasts
And she is thrown without mercy
Into that blackest of places
Where she waits alone.

© Annabel Sheila

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Reviewed by Shay White 3/24/2011
How sad, and how true. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/11/2011
Written as though you had experienced dementia yourself. Reminded me of my grandmother when I visited her in late stages of Alzheimer's. She would just sit and stare, that strange smile on her face, and open her mouth to eat anything that was placed there.

Reviewed by Daniel Keith 3/9/2011
Such a sad and truamatic disease. My wife's uncle had alzhiemers. It was very hard on the family. She is finally at peace. May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/9/2011
It has to be so terrifying in that dark place all alone. I hope that I never have these moments of dementia because I have already seen the dark reaches of the mind and they are terribly lonely places to be. Thank you for sharing Anna, may the peace of the Lord be with those that suffer these dreadful and sad moments.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/8/2011
So very sad, for so many.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 3/7/2011
This is one of the scary things to think about. But GOD is with us.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 3/7/2011
Seeing dementia makes me wonder where they go during the confused times. Those little "knowing" episodes are bits of light for the loved ones looking on, as well as lighting up the afflicted ones.
I guess there are many of us who have lost family members this way. So sad, and so hard to cope with for family.
You've made it very realistic in this piece--good for anyone to read, to gain understanding of what it's like.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 3/7/2011
I am living a bit of this now and the slope is beginning to steepen. So much truth here. Patrick
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 3/7/2011
It is so hard, it is so painfully sad to even try to imagine living in such a void. Written with true love and sympathy, my friend.
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 3/7/2011
"mind naked to the world"
Such a strong line and you evoke such a sincerity that makes the reader ache.
Great rendering of dementia and caring.

Reviewed by Gene Williamson 3/7/2011
Helpless, hopeless, heartbreaking--and you captured
it all in these painful lines, Annabel. -gene.
Reviewed by pat medlin 3/7/2011
and such long painful pieces of good-byes for those of you watching her leave. this is such an apt description of her sad journey
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 3/7/2011
Moved to tears, xx this is so beautifully written Anna ~
Reviewed by John Bidwell 3/7/2011
I was so fortunate my loved ones were spared, and their departure was from places of love they knew as home.
Heart breaking.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/7/2011
Alsheimers and dementia are one of the cruelest diseases that a person can be afflicted with,,,have seen more than a few loved ones end up like that and it is heartbreaking...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/7/2011
I can relate to what you have shared through your verses here, Annabel. My father "lost" his mind at the end and I recall vividly what you have shared through your experience. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/7/2011
Sad. Dying can be a blessing.
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