The Birth of Jathi

It’s often said that difficult times help us clearly see and appreciate those things that matter the most to us. Arthur Golden wrote in Memoirs of a Geisha, “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” In 2005, Alzheimer’s disease became my wind. That was the year I sat with my mom in her neurologist’s office. The hard, cold and uncomfortable beige plastic chairs offered no comfort as we waited to hear the dreaded diagnosis. My mom had Alzheimer’s disease. She was 69 years old. Into the stark silence that followed, my mother resolutely announced, “I’ll beat it.” But there is no vanquishing of Alzheimer’s. It marches relentlessly forward, gradually robbing us of basic functions, including our ability to speak. We came to understand that beating Alzheimer’s didn’t mean stopping the progress of the disease, but instead continuing to cultivate our […]
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