Let’s talk about Dementia!
Dementia is really something I would really prefer not to get.
(My spell check tried to change that to “Demetria” and I’m sorry about that, Demetria. Sue spell check.)
I’m not sure why I enjoy reading about Brooke Shields suffering, but I fell into reading her book about her relationship with her complicated mother, Teri Shields, titled “There Was a Little Girl” and her mother’s life ended with years of dementia.
I liked it and I think I was interested partly because I grew up a few years younger than Brooke, who was in movies like “The Blue Lagoon” that I guess I snuck into as a child and in Teen Beat Magazine “dating” all of the famous boys I had crushes on.
Brooke did have that roller skating rink date with dreamy Matt Dillon.
She is also while maybe not the best published writer I’ve ever read, deeply emotional and pours out her soul.
We always want to think people have lives that are easier than ours, but so many times that image turns out to not be true in the least- not for the rich, the famous and the beautiful like Brooke.
(I moved on and read her book about her severe Postpartum Depression, Down Came the Rain, which also proves her emotional bravely- girl has walked through some serious dark times and you just have to respect that.)
Depression is no joke…it is dark effing shit. It can be.
I also learned from her book about Postpartum that I had three of the five factors that make it more likely you’ll get it. That sounds about right. But I didn’t have it to the level she did.
Sometimes something keeps popping up in your life or consciousness and you have to wonder as Oprah once asked, “What am I to learn from this?” Continue reading