Just Try and Remember

When I moved home to Long Island from Buffalo in the fall of 2011, I had no idea what lay ahead for me. I was still chasing the last few credits of a college degree, I was single, and I had no job. The only thing I knew for sure was that my Mom, then 58, had Alzheimer's Disease. She had given up driving, she couldn't cook, she wasn't doing house hold chores anymore and (most tragically) she could no longer read her beloved novels. She was spending hours each day sitting in front of the TV, with no real mental stimulation. She needed someone to be with her, to help her, and to care for her. Over the course of the next year, my Mom's condition worsened. I knew I needed help, so I turned to the online community. When I couldn't find anyone my own age going through something similar, I decided to start my own blog and see if likewise afflicted people would come to me. And they did.
Now, over two years since beginning Just Try and Remember, I now have over 90 followers. I have documented everything from how you help a person with a dementia disease vote to how to deal with Medicaid. I've received a lot of positive feedback from people who are in similar situations, who felt lost and alone, until they stumbled onto my blog.
Beyond the blog, I have also published two pieces on being a caregiver, one with Thought Catalog and one that I self-published on Medium. I encourage EVERYONE to check these out. If you think these things don't apply to you, consider for a moment the following quote from former First Lady Rosalyn Carter. Then check out the blog.

There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.
— Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter