Mother Has Dementia. Son's Captured Footage Is Putting The Entire Internet In Tears
Cailyn Finkel 2/24/2017
Dementia is something that affects nearly every family in America. In fact, it's estimated that 5.4 million Americans suffer from some sort of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Of those 5.4 million Alzheimer's patients, 1.4 million are diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).
This is a brutal form of dementia that not only affects one's brain function, but their physical strength, sleep patterns and behavioral traits as well.
One such family that has to deal with this destructive and devastating disease is the Daleys. Eldest son, Joe Daley, has taken it upon himself to film a weekly webisode depicting the ups and downs of his mother's LBD.
Joe's mother, Molly, has an advanced form of the disease and each day it gets progressively worse. But nothing could've prepared Joe for the day where his mother confessed something that absolutely broke his heart....
While out to lunch, Joe and Molly were trying to start a conversation. But with his mother losing her memory, most subjects were off limits - she just couldn't remember.
Then he decided to ask a simple question that he thought she could get in a second, "who am I?"
Unfortunately, for the first time ever, Molly didn't recognize her son. After several more piercing questions from Joe, who was growing more and more anxious by the second, it was clear that not only did Molly not know who Joe was, but couldn't remember that she was a mother at all.
Joey appropriately titled the webisode, "The Worst Day of My Life" and spoke about just how devastating it is to lose your mother while she's still alive.
"This day I will never forget. When your mother doesn't know who you are, she knows my name but doesn't know who I am.
I tried so hard to get her to say who I was.... but she just doesn't know. I feel like she just died. I wasn't expecting this.
I thought this would come a lot later when maybe she couldn't talk, I don't know who she thinks I am, a friend, someone she went to school with?
I just want to get back in and ask her one more time - 'who am I?'
And have her say, 'my son.'"
The only thing Joe can take solace in is the fact that he's not alone. Millions of other families around the world know his pain and can be a sense of comfort for him when he feels crushed like he was on this horrible day.