I have been re-reading my journal of our journey with Alzheimer’s disease which is in its 5th year now and realising how big and frightening some issues seemed at the time. Today those issues are everyday irritations rather than frightening and the journey has been a lot slower than expected and can’t decide if that is a good thing or bad thing for both of us. For me it is a good thing as I got lots of travelling and exploring done and all with her blessing and indeed instance. For her I am not sure as the changes have been slow in the main with surges sometimes and seeing the distress this caused her has been a heartbreaking torture for her. During this time she has had a son take his own life and the others distance themselves as things progressed and sadly all remembered and brooded over as she constantly looks at their photos and nurses her phone as though willing them to call. Writing the journal has been a great therapy and, as the psychiatrist warned, will help in recall and sanity and would strongly advise it for those starting out on their own journey.