Thursday, February 28, 2019

Coming Into March (Barry)

The weather’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and our usual group of older buds are back in business. José’s back from Houston, Frances and Ann are fully recovered, Eugene has a new house, and new people are coming in every day; and getting Valentines!

The warmer weather will bring in even more older buds, along with plenty of fun surprises from the Best Day facilitators of Philly. March’s newsletter will be all about PSC and Center in the Park, so we want to give our pages’ visitors more bang for their buck. And be sure to check out Stockton University, the star of February’s newsletter. They're getting a nice collection of stories from their students, and you can check them out here!

And we’d never leave you without a good story, so we’re posting this brand new one from a brand new older bud Barry.

Barry Vernick
Lemons Into Lemonade

I was married 41 years when my wife, a college professor was diagnosed with FTD. It's like Alzheimers. The brain dies a slow death. For 3 years, I was her full time caregiver, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It was hard. She lost all functioning. A beautiful, brilliant woman had become a vegetable who needed her diaper changed. After she died, the grief I felt was unbearable. I wanted to die. For 2 years I drank and took sleeping pills. But slowly, ever so slowly, I began to heal. Today, I can look back on that experience and be grateful. IT was a life test. A test of my love and commitment. How many people are fortunate enough to be tested? The darker the tunnel, the brighter the sun when you emerge. Today, I attack life. I don't hold back. I leigh. I stay busy. I do things no one else my age would dare do.

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