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. ♥