Why I Walk

My name is Lee Bodmer

I walk because my mother, my inspiration, my best friend, lived 13 years with Dementia.

Tomorrow, August 13th, 2015 will be the second anniversary of my mom passing.  I was blessed to be able to share in her journey.  We started to notice changes in my mother's cognitive behavior when my mom was in her early 60's.  Of course, who could have imagined that she was on the early stages of Dementia/Alzheimer's.

Within that 13 years, we did do a bunch of fun things together.  We went on a cruise, went to Disney and mom came to visit as often as she was able to, mentally.  My mom Helen, lived in Upstate New York with my dad, both Maine natives.  When my dad passed from cancer in 2011 we made the trip to New York to move my mom back to her beloved Maine so that we could take care of her with the help of an assisted living facility.  The hardest thing I have ever had to do was admit my mother into assisted living.  She couldn't understand why she needed to be there, she was too deep in her disease to comprehend what was being said to her.  After some time, we developed our routine together.  I would visit her almost every day, take her out for her "walk and a ride" as she called it, we always stopped to get some "white ice-cream" as she didn't eat solid food.  For two years, this was my life.  It gave me purpose, it gave me understanding, it made me a better person.  My mother was so tough - her mantra to herself up until the end is "I'm a tough old bitch!" and man, she was.  She didn't let that disease beat her.  She decided that it was time to leave this earth before dementia made her a lump of mush.  Together mom and I sat for 3 days straight held each others hand, she would motion her head for kisses ( I gave her lots and lots of kisses) and then she left this earth. I know she is with me, I can feel it.

My Mom, my inspiration

My mother Helen has been my inspiration for so many things; I watched my mother grow her own company from scratch with oodles of persistence, diligence, and perseverance.

As I am coming up on the 2nd year anniversary of my mom leaving this earth after 13 years of living with dementia. I reflect on all that she has taught me in sound mind and in sickness. In honor of the positive influence she has had on my life, I offer you these products today; she has taught me to believe in myself and that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

With "Helen" Inspiration, I bring to you my new Alzheimer's Awareness Gift Set.  I'm so thrilled that I can use something that my mom inspired to give back and help others. ♥

 Enjoy!

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Thanks to the warriors of female liberation, motherhood has seen big changes over the last 70 years. Moms are no longer limited to domestic duties. They now have the freedom to do it all. They wipe noses, cook dinners, pursue careers, kiss boo-boos, run businesses, bake cupcakes, manage finances, schedule appointments, fold laundry and still find time to cheer you on from the sidelines. Moms are constantly moving, striving and loving. Their roles may shift as their children age, but being a mother is a job without end. There will always be advice to give, love to share, hearts to mend or grandchildren to spoil.

Let’s face it, while motherhood comes with huge rewards, it isn’t always easy. Moms work hard, laboring tirelessly. Looking at the data provided by the latest U.S. Census it becomes clear that moms are doing more and more with less support than ever before. Household units are now smaller and more independent, which means fewer older siblings or live-in grandparents to help with chores or entertain younger children.

Moms are important. Research recently published in the Child Development journal suggests that a mother’s genes, choices, and love have a profound and direct impact on her children’s personalities, relationships, and overall health. Take this opportunity to thank your mom for shaping you into the fun, healthy, lovable person you are. Sure, dads do a lot too. They will get their well-deserved day in June, but May 10th, 2015 is all about mom.

Don’t waste this opportunity to show her how much you appreciate her role in your life. Are you searching for the perfect way to show your mom how much you respect, love and admire her? Here are a few simple tips:

  1. Share some love. It starts with a hug and leads to “I love you”.
  2. Say thank you. It doesn’t matter how the message is delivered as long as the words are sincere. Pick up the phone, say it in person, or write it down.
  3. Give her a day off. Tell mom to kick her shoes off and rest her tired feet while you tackle her chores.
  4. Spend some quality time. Make plans for brunch, a trip to the spa, or a picnic in the park.
  5. End with a thoughtful gift to perk up her day. Flowers, candles or bath salts are great choices and you can never go wrong with homemade crafts. Don’t forget to include some Lulu’s hand therapy or lip balm.

Make your mom happy with Lulu’s uplifting blends like Stressaholic, Tiredness, Revive or Happy Place. The beautiful, artsy packaging hides handcrafted magic made with love. Beeswax and essential oils will moisturize her overworked, dishpan-hands or nourish her chapped lips while providing a surge of soothing aromatherapy. Gift your mom the calm, healing moment she deserves.

Lulu’s Garden was founded on the Love of Mom. Celebrate mom this Mother’s day by sharing the Lulu Love. For every Mother’s Day order, Lulu’s Garden™ will donate 5% to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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