- Words are precious. I take them for granted. Being able to form coherent sentences and draw vivid images with words is an amazing gift.
- Writing is not just mental or physical; it’s emotional too.
- Writing is like therapy. Running is like therapy. This is good. I need a lot of therapy and I’m on a budget.
- Writing reveals hope.
- All my vivid memories may cease to be one day.
- Every word I write now is valuable. If I’m never published again, if I never make the NY Times Bestseller List, it doesn’t matter. My words are keys to my past — a past I don’t want to ever forget.
- Keeping a journal is more than writing practice — it’s a living, breathing connection to my past, to my heart and soul.
Then there’s the flip side.
What Writing has Taught Me about Alzheimer’s:
- Despite the ravages of the disease, there are still moments of joy to be found.
- Alzheimer’s allows us to live in the moment and let go of material possessions.
- Alzheimer’s cannot destroy our faith in the Lord. If Alzheimer’s leaves us in the dark, “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139:12 NIV).
- In God, there is always hope. Thank you, God!