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Surprises | Alzheimer’s in the First Person | Melissa Vaughan
My mother has been writing me little notes, simple little notes, because she can not write very well anymore. She hides them everywhere, hoping I will find them. I think she began doing it, hoping that years from now I will find the notes tucked away in her things and remember her and smile. Today I found a little note written in pencil tucked in the drawer in the bathroom. It said, “Remember when we went to McDonald’s together, I will never forget…”
Another note was in her pocket, I found it when I was getting ready to do the wash, it said, barely legible, “Never forget how much I loved you my sunshine…” I told her tonight I had found them, she giggled and said, “Oh I didn’t hide them very well did I?” She patted my hand and said, “I just never want you to forget me or to be sad, I always want you to look forward to a surprise from me…”I hugged her extra long tonight, I whispered to her, “You are always a surprise mommy, always a wonderful surprise.”
___________________________________About the Author: Melissa Vaughan is caring for her mother, Barbara Taylor Vaughan, contributor of the Nurse Talk column, Alzheimer's in the First Person, a journey through the disease. Melissa worked for an orthopedic surgeon for over 30 years, as a CMA and then LPN. On her way to her RN degree, Melissa dropped out to take care of Barbara after brain surgery. She eventually obtained a paralegal certification and worked reviewing records for medical malpractice cases. She retired 4 years ago due to Multiple Sclerosis and to care for her mom at home. We love them and thank them for their humanity and generosity of spirit.
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Alzheimer’s in the First Person
Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Barbara and Melissa Vaughan are putting a face on the disease by chronicling Barbara's illness. Melissa, living with Multiple Sclerosis, is Barbara's daughter and caregiver.
They hope educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, thier families and caregivers. Barbara and Melissa's relationship, compassion and humor are inspirational.
We love them and thank them for their humanity and generosity of spirit.
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