A moving essay and new research
In one of my weekly e-mail updates from the Alzheimer’s Association there was a link to this moving essay by an Oregon writer. Naturally, I gravitated toward it and found echoes of my own experience with both my mother and my mother-in-law. I’ve always said that we writers engage in our craft to make sense of our own experiences and to explore the commonalities we share with other human beings. This essay did indeed make me feel less alone. No spoiler alert here, just a link to Jennifer Meyer’s essay and another to her Website, so you can read more of her lovely work. I’ve been e-mailing with her and feel grateful to have connected with someone who understands the path on which I’m walking.
Here is the link to Jennifer’s essay about her mom: http://www.oregonquarterly.com/summer2010/feature4.php?type=header
Here is the link to more of her work (a must-read is the piece about volunteering at a Thai orphanage): http://www.jennifermeyer.net/index.html
On another note, check out this New York Times story about how much closer we are to having a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/health/research/24scans.html
I’m hopeful that this also means we are moving toward a cure!