Thanksgiving: Gratitude Is Possible Even During Tough Times
Dear Carol: As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m struggling because my husband of 53 years can no longer reliably recognize who I am. After several years with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Six months ago, we moved him to memory care, and I’m grateful that we can afford such a nice place for him. I know that the staff will make the holiday festive and I’m glad that I can spend Thanksgiving Day with him, but that won’t keep me from feeling sad and lonely. I miss him as he was. I miss our marriage. I try, really, I do, but I’m feeling sorry for myself that he no longer understands that I’m his wife. Thanks for giving me a place to air my feelings since even doing that helps me feel better. – OS
Dear OS: I’m deeply sorry. Of course, you’re feeling sad and lonely. The change caused by this disease means that your husband can no longer offer you the companionship that you both treasured. His inability…
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