Kathryn Fudurich, Author at Memory Ball
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Author: Kathryn Fudurich

It’s hard to escape the paper hearts littering store fronts and gift shops this month. Valentine’s Day approaches. It’s love month. I think this time of year is an opportunity to recognise not only romantic love, but all versions. While I am certain of the love that drives my actions, I felt at a loss to define the love as I experience it with my mother who is living with Young Onset Alzheimer’s. It’s so simple to me but also so complex. I was having trouble putting this into words so I want to share what someone close to me said when I expressed to him my inability to express… [caption id="attachment_3390" align="aligncenter" width="710"]love jar love over alzheimer's Illustration by Steven Twigg[/caption]  
There are many, many songs, articles, studies, artworks - that all ask the question, "what is love?" There is no clear answer, but many would consider true love to be something that never fades; a timeless feeling that may evolve and change but is always a part of who you are. This permanence, even in its immediately visible absence, is something that can't be taken away, not even by a disease. –Steven Twigg

My experience of Alzheimer's around the Holidays

The holidays are a special time of year. I am fortunate to experience mainly positive feelings in reminiscing on Christmases and New Years gone by as I know this isn't the case for everyone.
This year was better than last. Not in the sense that my Mother's condition is any better, for us it was an easier year in terms of her comfort in social situations which helps make the short term future a little more predictable and manageable. It seems the disease has plateaued once more at a state where she isn't so agitated and anxious in small crowds.
Last year, during an annual Christmas eve gathering, surrounded by her own immediate family, my brother's and I along with other family members took shifts with my Mom. This is very stressful because it is one of the few times a year that we see many of our relatives and we wouldn't ever want to leave my Mom behind but the crowd proved to be very upsetting which, in turn, upset all of us. We had to find a quieter room or go to another level of the home.
[caption id="attachment_2904" align="aligncenter" width="625"]the stanford-fudurich family at Christmas Kath's family (from L to R) Geoff, Pat and Jamie[/caption]