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Thanks all for sharing your daily triumphs/struggles. I am very new to this type of on-line forum and have been a little sceptical at first, but must say participating now has brought me a brief breath of fresh air!
I have been caring for my Mom now 24/7 for the last 2 years. At age 89 her dementia has rapidly worsened and continues to bring new challenges each and everyday. At first I started out full of energy and with such conviction and dedication that I was going to be able to manage her care on my own and keep her in her home, respecting her wishes....Well as you all likely know for one person, dealing with and elderly person with dementia, and other medical conditions it is almost next to impossible. In addition I work full-time, but thankfully in a job that allows me to work from home. The daily struggles-- well are endless and I suppose I could write a new book on each new challenge, but for me I think it is the small daily triumphs that keep me going...something as small as going outside on a hot summer day to eat a popsicle and sitting quietly with Mom and watching a smile develop on her face, or her remembering a happy memory of raising us kids and sharing the story with me as if we were still living in those good times. Yes the daily struggles can and do get overwhelming at times, but I'm glad now for this small triumph today of finding this breath of fresh air!