My wife and I watched Still Mine last weekend. We have seen it before but felt a need to watch it again.
Rachel and I will celebrate 44 years of marriage this year. Add to that another 6 years of dating during college, and that is almost 50 years together.
A recent health crisis changed the way we do things. Although it was challenging we rediscovered what it meant to be committed, in sickness and in health.
We came through it a bit bruised but stronger in many ways.
We have friends that had also faced challenges from health issues. Some of them will never get well again. Rachel is about 90% healed and expected to make a full recovery.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Memory loss can be a terrible thing. More than forgetting where you left your keys. Dementia robs you of your past.
Still Mine is a story of endearing and enduring love. As Irene struggle with forgetfulness, Craig responds on occasion with anger. Not at his wife, but at the disease that is gradually taking Irene away from him.
But there are also many tender moments where a long lasting love triumphs over illness.
When Craig realizes the two story house they have shared for years poses a danger to Irene his solution is logical.
Build a smaller one story on their property so he and Irene can enjoy more of their life together.
Craig has built houses before, the same way his father taught him. But things have changed and now he must have a permit before he can build. Also the house must be periodically inspected to make sure it follows the building codes.
Who will win this battle? Will Craig and Irene have their home before #Alzheimer’s steals the remaining years of their life?
Watch the movie with someone you love. One hour and forty-two minutes will give you some insight into Alzheimer’s but also give you an appreciation of what you have.