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Passion for Life

Passion for Life

Living every moment is in my DNA. My dad always lived life to the fullest. Didn't matter if he was working hard at our shop Gentile's Cabinets Plus or puttering around in his garden, he always had a smile on his face. He woke up with that smile and went to bed with it. He put joy in everything he did. My passion for life started after I had my car accident. I didn't care about things or getting rid of the mortgage. It was more about enjoying life to the fullest because you never know when you can't. Of course I still live within my means because I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I didn't but things don't matter and the mortgage....well it is covered if anything happens to me. When life kicked me in the butt and I had a struggle was when dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The violent one..... To see my dad go through this was the hardest thing I've had to deal with. Well that is what I thought. Having him throw me against the wall because he was in a fit of rage will never leave my mind. But then I reflect and understand it was the disease and not my dad. While we were going through dad's turmoil, mom was becoming meaner and meaner. She could cope with dad deteriorating. Therefore when dad passed away it was a blessing for everyone and I thought mom would finally find joy again. Not even two years later mom got diagnosed with dementia. The mean one. This is the hardest thing my brother and I have had to live with. Five years after dad passed we have had to put mom into a home because she requires 24/7 care. Never did we think we would have to pull medical rights to do something like this. But for her safety we had too. The one silver lining in all of this is that I truly believed the things mom was doing to dad were because she was only thinking about herself. But having had tests done on her brain we now know she has had dementia for over eight years. Meaning we were truly going through two parents with two different types of diseases that affected the brain. Mindful moment is my brother Vince and I have this on both sides and therefore we LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST EVERYDAY!

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