Spark of Hope #123 – Hold On! Upon Us All, A Little Rain Must Fall

upon us a little rain must fall
upon us a little rain must fall

Spark of Hope #123

Can Alzheimer’s be stopped? That was the focus of last night’s NOVA episode.  The disease is causing insurmountable devastation in people’s lives across the globe.  5.2 million Americans are diagnosed … and 5.2 million will succumb to it.  The World Alzheimer’s Report of 2015 states that “over 46 million people live with dementia worldwide, more than the population of Spain. This number is estimated to increase to 131.5 million by 2050.”

 

One ability after another gone; one recognizable loved one after another erased; one caregiver after another burned out before it is through.  Sadly, sixty-five percent of caregivers are apt to die before their loved ones. Families (including mine) often can’t see where we’re going; we go anyway; what other choice do we have?  My view is sometimes as skewed as the torrential rain pouring over the windshield last night. Then, out of nowhere an oncoming car splashed mud up and over my car, rendering me momentarily blind to the road ahead.   That’s the way it is with Alzheimer’s. Upon us all, a little rain must fall as we go through this always changing disease landscape.  Give it all you’ve got! Keep on with an army of helps! Then, brace yourself for torrential rain and an occasional mud bath!  My passengers and I rallied in the storm, tapping childhood memories to indulge the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song!  YES, humor is as essential as prayer to stand strong against the wiles of unwinnable battles.

 

Wait! Don’t give up hope! “Ambitious studies are testing the theory that Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented or delayed with early treatment, much like cholesterol-lowering or blood-pressure medications that are used to reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke,” thanks to Dr. Pierre Tariot and other Phoenix-based scientists.  By 2020, target and test therapies may slow and even prevent Alzheimer’s according to the NOVA-featured research.  There is HOPE on the horizon.  Perhaps Alzheimer’s can be stopped.  Torrential rains and muddy waters may be transformed like Itsy Bitsy lyrics. “Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.”  Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday – there is HOPE even in Alzheimer’s.

Go HERE to view the entire program of Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?

 

Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

 

In case you are unfamiliar with the popular nursery rhyme:

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Oh, look out, here he comes again

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

4 thoughts on “Spark of Hope #123 – Hold On! Upon Us All, A Little Rain Must Fall”

  1. Good insights as usual from Maryann. It’s a terrible disease that, at the moment, has only one ending and that’s death. The pathway to death is so awful that in some ways death becomes a blessed release. For the love of my life it was a 12 year struggle that reduced her from a gifted athlete, artist, public speaker, who made life better for thousands, and beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother to one who was totally helpless to do anything for herself. She died February 18, 2016.

    1. Dear Bob, I hadn’t counted the years in awhile, but here we are beginning year 13 for my mom in confronting Alzheimer’s. I am a thread of “who” she was; her poetic-self has disappeared deep within. I now write conscious of her incredible way with words. She was able to carry on a conversation with anyone, anywhere; now she is able to merely say a sporadic word on occasion to very few. There is more underneath this disease covering the woman I once called Mom. Those who meet her now will never know, so I tell them what I can in the moment. I hope you sing of those things you know of June! Keep celebrating her gifts. In that “blessed release” your daughter and grand-daughter will be inspired to carry on a legacy the love on your life etched here on earth. May your good-bye always feel as temporary as it truly is.

  2. Watching my brilliant husband deal with dementia is difficult for him and me. We have been married 45 years and now it is like I am married to different man. Every now and then, he becomes ” himself” and thanks me for taking care of him and all of our business. I tell him he is doing good as long as he knows he loves me. He says he will always remember this. That is really all that is important.

    1. Dear Liz: Your comment shows that – in the end – Alzheimer’s is a brilliant teacher in and of itself. In caring for our loved ones, this disease sharpens our perspective, teaches us what is really important, and even nudges us to say “I love you” much more often. Let’s keep life “brilliant” and choose to be their sparkle.

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