About the Author

I have a Psychology and Elementary Education background and have always enjoyed seeking out the meanings in life relationships and experiences. Before becoming a stay at home mom, I taught First and Second Grade in Catholic Schools for 6 years. I write to gain understanding, clarity, and inspiration, in hopes of reaching others and to help myself process my own spiritual journey.

I write about my journey in being a caregiver for my mother, who has early onset Alcohol Induced and Vascular Dementia, and about my personal recovery with being an adult child of an alcoholic. I write about the role my Catholic faith plays in my life, and how it sustains me and gives me hope and strength to live an authentic and full life. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music, prayer, teaching the Catholic faith, scrap booking, traveling, cooking, knitting, running outdoors, and having fun with my 3 young kids, husband, family, and friends!

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  1. I use that scripture (Phillipians 4:13)frequently myself! I used to be a high school English teacher, but now I stay home with my husband’s 95 year old mother who has dementia. I could not do it without God’s help. I’m so glad to have found your blog!

  2. My mom has the exact same diagnosis as your mom. She was 63 when she started presenting. 74 now. Still trying to find the right placement for her AL did not work. Only lasted 2 weeks shes in hospital now Don’t know yet where she will end up. The alcohol has complicated things so much for my sister and I. It’s been a long and arduous journey so far.

    • Sandra,
      My heart aches with yours….I know just how scary & deeply lonely it is to watch your parent very slowly slip away. I know the anger. I know the resentment. But, with the love, hope, strength & grace from Our Lord…it’s possible to rise above it all. He is with you, even when it doesn’t feel like it. I used A Place for Mom on the internet & they were very helpful. Above all else, don’t give up hope. God will lead you through this. I keep you & you mom in my prayers!
      God bless you!

  3. Thank you for stopping by ArmouredUp. Praying God’s continued strength as you serve Him, your family and your mother. Blessings my sister…

  4. Hi… I too help provide care for my mother with vascular dementia so I can relate. Hers was brought on largely by smoking according to her vascular specialist. In addition, I help care for my alcoholic father. It is a challenge not falling into resentment that parents have made lifestyle choices that have debilitated them early. However, there but by the grace of God go I. Look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Ciao.

    Chaz

    • Thanks Chaz!
      My mom’s vascular dementia was also in large part caused by her 2-3 pack a day smoking habit as well (and it’s genetic). I became a part of a great ACOA group near my home, which has helped me. It’s a struggle to find time to attend though, juggling life with 3 young ones! But boy, are us ACOA good at making excuses…ha ha 😉
      I want to make more time for it though, because it is so important to focus on those steps of recovery! God bless you on your own journey of recovery and caregiving. We are never alone, and God’s grace will always be there to guide us!

  5. Hi Mary,
    My husband is 53 and showing increasing signs of alcohol related dementia. He has been drinking heavily for almost 20 years. I would love to email you privately about your journey with your mom. I too am Catholic and have found tremendous strength in my faith. If you would like to “swap stories”, please email me. wildrosejmj@gmail.com Thanks and God bless!!

    Deo Juvante, Jen

    • I just finished reading through your blog entries (yes, all of them – does that tell you how my day is going?). I would like more than ever to visit with you. While our stories are different (with you it’s your mom and with me it’s my husband obviously), we have much in common. I’m only 40 myself and we have 7 kids aged 19 to 4. I also suspect we are somewhat near each other as I am in ND. One of the things you wrote that really struck a chord was how there are no support groups for people in our situations. That’s, in fact, what I was looking for when I found your blog. I know you’re busy but would love it if you could contact me when you have a chance. Thanks and God bless.

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