It’s one thing to hear about a person’s slow descent into dementia. But it’s quite another to watch it happen before your very eyes.
Jake, a 31-year-old Australian man, shared a series of photos of his 58-year-old mother, Jacquie, who has been suffering from Pick’s disease for eight years. Pick’s is a form of dementia that causes loss of memory and speech, and eventually leads to death.
The Reddit post of Jake’s photos has nearly 2,500 comments, with people sharing their own stories about family members struggling with dementia. People are also swapping tips on the thread about how to take care of your loved one and yourself.
Jake has been responding to many of the supportive messages from other Reddit users.
“Those are kind words,” he replied to one commenter. “I’m also an optimistic and happy person most of the time, but sometimes it does get really hard to keep your chin up. Due to the way the disease works, it’s been multiple grieving times, whenever there would be another step down in the illness. The most recent was about 6 weeks ago when she stopped being able to eat solid food. I suspect death is shortly around the corner. Thanks for your wise words.”
We’ve reached out to Jake for comment, and will update if we hear back. But in the past, he’s been very public about his family’s experience with his mom’s dementia. Last year, he created a short video called “This Is Not Jacquie Anymore,” which features interviews with his father and siblings.
He even plans on writing a book about his family’s struggles with the illness. According to one of his comments on Reddit, he’ll be done with the book in about three months.
H/T Reddit | Photo via vingverm/Reddit