Abraham Lincoln once said "it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years". Those are powerful words. How do we apply these words to living with dementia.
Each of us who are living with dementia have a choice at the time of diagnosis or at least soon after diagnosis. We can bury our head in the sand and accept the stigma that has been given to dementia for years, or, we can dig our heels in and fight. On the day I was diagnosed, I chose to dig my heels in and live my life to the fullest, as long as possible. I was not blinded to the possibilities that were before me; but, I was determined to be a survivor for a number of years. Fighting through the ups and downs of dementia has been challenging but rewarding because I am able to have so much quality of time with my family.
Doing this has allowed me to get outside of myself and help others living with their disease and help care partners have a better understanding of living with dementia. I would encourage anyone who is dealing with a diagnosis of dementia to dig their heels in, fight like a Georgia Bulldog and enjoyi life to the fullest. You will be glad you did. GO GEORGIA BULLDOGS!
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.