My dad & dementia.
On the 18th January, dementia tightened the monstrous grip it had on my dad and he was sectioned. No longer able to function properly, endlessly searching and loosing himself in time and place. No longer able to show affection or hold a conversation. My heart has shattered. Watching this horrible illness eat up my dads personality and leave behind only his shell has devastated our family and friends. My dad the soldier, police officer, bar man and friend to all. The man who taught me how to swim, cycle and draw. Held my hand and wiped away my tears. Now, as i watch him i feel so much anger and sorrow.
I should look back at his amazing life full of travel and laughter, i will always be grateful for having been lucky enough to have a father for so long.
Never put off spending time with your parents, you never know when it will be the last time. I will continue to care for and love my dad, even though only his body is left. I will hold on to those precious moments when his personality peaks through before it is quickly extinguished.
Thank you so much to all my friends and family that have reached out to me during this horrendously tough time.
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