To my regular readers… you may recall the story I wrote back in April this year of Mick and Sarah – Dementia Hasn’t Stopped Mick Loving His Wife. For those that don’t remember, Sarah was diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia 4 years ago, a terrible disease for which there is currently no cure. Statistics say there are approximately 25,000 Australian with Younger Onset Dementia, men and women in their 50’s in their 40’s and even as young as Sarah – in their 30’s living with this disease and making the most of the time they have left.
Sarah was a fighter. She kept her chin up and enjoyed life to the fullest. When Mick and Sarah began making plans, Sarah’s only wish was to not be put in a home. No matter how hard it got, no matter how much Sarah slipped away and times got tough, Mick kept true to his word. He never turned his back on her, he never stopped loving her. The good days and the bad… for better or for worse, he never gave up on her. He bathed her, fed her and loved her… until she took her last breath.
Just two days ago, Sarah slipped away. Surrounded by her husband Mick, her two teenage daughters Brittany and Emma and her son Jacob. Her dear friend Jodie was there as well as Mitchell and I. We held her hand, we told her how much we loved her and then she slipped away. No longer is she confused, no longer is she in any pain… she is now in Heaven looking over us all and sending her love. She will be smiling and joking, but most of all, she will be watching over her loved ones.
A mother, a wife and a dear friend – we miss you Sarah.
x x x
Pink – Lyrics
I’ve never written a love song
That didn’t end in tears
Maybe you’ll rewrite my love song
If you can replace my fears
I need your patience and guidance
And all your lovin’ and more
When thunder rolls through my life
Will you be able to weather the storm?
There’s so much I would give ya, baby
If I’d only let myself
There’s this well of emotions
I feel I must protect
But what’s the point of this armor
If it keeps the love away, too?
I’d rather bleed with cuts of love
Than live without any scars
Baby, can I trust this?
Or do all things end?
I need to hear that you’d die for me
Again and again and again
So tell me when you look in my eyes
Can you share all the pain and happy times
‘Cause I will love you for the rest of my life
This is my very first love song
That didn’t end in tears
I think you re-wrote my love song
For the rest of my years
I wil love you for the rest of my life