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Moving on...

Monday, January 09, 2012

My Dear Mom passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve. She had entered the final stages of dementia and had lost her remaining functions throughout the last couple of months of 2011. She received wonderful nursing care and we were in the position to be able to spend much of her last weeks and days by her side.

My Mom was a courageous lady, who battled her illness for as long as she could and whose 90 years were a testament to a determined and caring life.

My Mom kept her body fit and her mind active for as long as she had the mental capacity to do so. Until she needed secure residential care for her own safety, Mom walked two miles every day and kept her weight constant at 130 lbs by sticking to a healthy, vitamin-rich diet. She inherited the family tendency to diabetes, high blood pressure and glaucoma but managed these conditions sensibly.

Her daughter, Yes - yours truly, has not had her Mom's self-discipline but the mantle of responsibility now rests on her shoulders.

I am now 'the matriarch' - the oldest person in my family. If I intend to have 30 more full and productive years to achieve just some of the standards of being a caring Mother, Aunt, Grandmother etc that my Mom attained, I need to set my house in order; grow a sense of personal responsibility and become the best person I can be physically and mentally.

That process starts today.

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  • BRANDI1809
    You will DO IT!
    3409 days ago
    Sounds so difficult, especially at Christmas, but you sound like you have good memories - I'm sure they'll help you through. Your blog shows that you too are courageous and determined! I wish you the very best for your journey xx
    3410 days ago
    3410 days ago
    I'm so sorry that you lost your lovely mother, especially at this time of the year. She would want you to take care of yourself and you sound as if you are ready to do just that. I will be thinking of you.
    3410 days ago
    emoticon I am sorry for Your loss!! I too am the oldest and now the Matriarch of our family! So We just need to get moving, moving, moving. Again I am sorry for You loss Your Mom sounds like She was a wonderful Lady!!1 emoticon
    3410 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    I'm sorry for your loss too. She must have been an extraordinary lady by the way you speak of her. She would be so pleased to know you will carry her legacy on in the way she lived her life by living your life in the same manner. God Bless you & yours... emoticon
    3410 days ago
    I am sorry for your loss, though you obviously has some time to prepare for it. Her lagacy lives on in you - she will be remembered not only by your family, but by all who see you living according to her example.

    I wish you many, many happy and healthy years ahead.
    3410 days ago
    What a wonderful way to remember your mother. I am so sorry for your loss.
    3410 days ago
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