Debbie Williamson

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Alzheimer’s Archive



October 2017



Life is Hard. God is Good.

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When our mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in January, my siblings and I decided to start a Meal Train calendar to let people know our need for care and companionship for her and give them the opportunity to help, signing up for meals and/or visits.

Throughout these ten months, I have been regularly sending emails to this group of about 70, updating them and telling them of our mom’s current need.

When our dad died in July, we began looking for an assisted living community for our mom. That had always been the plan — when dad died, she would move closer to Santa Rosa and her church.

We worked tirelessly to find just the right place.

And we did! Find just the right place. Beautiful residence, gorgeous view, moving date set for October 12.

And then, on October 9, the devastating Santa Rosa, California fires roared through that community, burning to the ground over 8,000 structures. One of those was the community we had been calling her new home. The cable guys were scheduled, the new sofa bed was coming, and she was excited to join the walking group.

I guess not.



October 2017



Is Ignorance Bliss?

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Today, Oct. 12, 2017, was the day we were moving our mom into a perfect for her assisted living facility in Santa Rosa, California. Sadly, though, we didn’t. It burned to the ground on Monday in what is fast becoming the most deadly fire in California history.

This is one of many things that have unfolded in my life over the year that I never, ever thought would be true . . .

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
My dad died.
My husband has been unemployed for 7 months.
My mom evacuated from her home. We’re praying it doesn’t burn down.
And this is when I know that I really don’t want to know the future.

This is when I embrace the mystery of God’s perfect plan and purpose. (I don’t like it, but I embrace it.)

This is when my life of faith makes all the difference.

I’m reposting one of my all time favorite posts. The bandwidth of my brain is so full of sadness and uncertainty that I’m pretty unable to be creative, or even be very nice to 6th graders. So I thought this would be great to repost, to reread, since this speaks deeply to me about how ignorance can be bliss.



March 2017



Safe From the Mayhem

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As one who avoided all science classes in college and managed to graduate with Anthropology 11 fulfilling the science requirement for a Sociology degree, I actually can get my mind around these few lines of explanation. I can picture what that looks like.

Realizing that it’s happening in my mother’s brain though, breaks me a bit. How can it be her? What happened that caused the plaques and tangles to form in her wise, sweet, kind mind? Diet Coke? Balance bars? Pretty much zero exercise?

But this is the mystery of Alzheimer’s . . . apparently, no one knows. Why is it her brain cells and tissues are dying? Where did the plaque come from? The tangles? Will the tracks ever straighten?