Sunday, October 23, 2005

Fading memory

mom at Silver Lake
Originally uploaded by Southworth Sailor.
The human brain is a wonderful and complex creation of God. Just consider all of the tasks that it performs in a day: all of the memory it carries, not to mention the affective activity of volition and emotion, Yet, it is fragile. An injury or tumor can totally change a person's life. Recently, my mother was given a preliminary diagnosis of Alzheimer's. There is no doubt that her memory is slowly fading. Having watched Esther's mother suffer from Alzheimer's for eight years, we know the sadness and strain that it puts on a family. As I watch my mother slowly begin a similar journey, I am reminded again of the subtle cruelty of this disease. Mom will face it courageously and with dependence on her Lord. On Friday, my sister, Susan took mom to some of her favorite recreational sites. I like this picture at Silver Lake because it seems to reflect what's happening to her.

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