Hi everyone. My mother was recently diagnosed with a neurodegenerative brain disease for which there is no cure and no treatment. It produces rapidly progressing dementia like symptoms, as well as other neurological symptoms such as myoclonus. Patients eventually become bed ridden before slipping into a coma. She has been given about three months to live. We are all in shock, but try to play it normal, so she doesn’t have to experience anymore emotional distress than she’s already going through. Her memory of who I am is on and off at the moment, but she doesn’t remember my dad at all - she thinks he is her father who passed away in 2008. It’s heartbreaking watching her deteriorate like this, and to see how frightened she is, not being able to recognize her surroundings. Moreover, my father just recently got out of the hospital with a broken hip and pelvis; he also has a broken arm that needs to be surgically repaired, which he is putting off, because he wants to be here for my mom’s last days.
I am currently caring for both of them as best I can. I’d do anything for them and I am happy to be here to help them out in their time of need. But I’ve been battling depression, and I have recently come to grips with the fact that I probably have an eating disorder, which is exacerbated by extreme stress. Eating is hard to do for extended periods of time where I’ll obsess over my weight, won’t eat much, and will lose pounds very quickly. And then I’ll have days where I’ll be so stressed that I’ll binge eat, feel guilty afterwards, and the cycle will start all over again. The thought that I am 26 and already losing my mother is a very hard pill to swallow.
Please pray for my family…especially my parents. Please pray that my mom has peace in her last days, and that my father gets the medical help he needs for his physical ailments.
Thank you and God bless you all.