I married my high school sweetheart. We had a wonderful life in our 20’s and 30’s, raising one son. Entering the “sandwich generation” in our 40’s, there were a number of things that disrupted our life together. Alzheimer’s showed it’s head in my father-in-law, and eventually in my mother-in-law. At the same time we were dealing with the death of my dad from post-polio syndrome, and the death of my mom from breast cancer. While all that was running it’s course, Jim (my husband) began showing signs of memory loss (early onset dementia).
Life was not all gloom and doom, however. We had many happy years together being physical in many different ways: camping, boating, water skiing, wind surfing, and scuba diving. I also was a craft person who sewed, quilted, made straw baskets, cross-stitched, and gardened. We had the fullest life that was possible for us and I have many happy memories to look back upon.