What Alzheimer’s Has Taught Me About Writing

  • 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!

6 thoughts on “What Alzheimer’s Has Taught Me About Writing

  1. Brianna you take a most serious subject, treat it with a touch of humor, and pack a wallop of a message. I like how you showed us one side of the coin and then flipped it over and showed us the other side. My favorite lines are “Writing is like therapy. Running is like therapy. This is good! I need a lot of therapy and I’m on a budget.” I laughed out loud!
    Have a blessed weekend!
    Pam at http://www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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