Friday, 23 September 2011

The MotherLOAD Marathon: Day 15

Day 15 was a biggie for me ~ scrap the 'bad stuff'.  Lain showcased a page she'd made about her parents and her mother's Alzheimer's and it really reached out to me.  The layout below is one that I've had in my mind since April, I just didn't know where to go with it or how to set about it.
Shimelle's current sketch of the week provided the answer.  A simple design , with space to tell the story.
My mother-in-law passed away in late April after a short illness and a long battle with Alzheimer's.  I don't want that illness to be her legacy.  She was so much more than that.
She was an adored wife of almost 60 years standing.
She was a cherished mum of two.
She was a loved mother-in-law of two.
She was a treasured Grandma of three.
She was a career woman back in the day of married women not having careers.
She was the driving force in her family.
She was loved and admired by many.

Dementia.
It did not define her.
It does not define us.
It was part of her story.
It is part of our story.
It was not her whole story.
It is not our whole story.   

7 comments:

Alison said...

Great LO..and beautiful and obviously heartfelt journalling. My gran had Alzheimer's and it is particularly harrowing to witness it's procession
Alison xx

Sian said...

She sounds like a fine woman. And this is a very fine tribute.

Carrie Rosalind said...

Beautiful layout and beautiful journalling to go along with it.

Cheri said...

It is wonderful that you were finally able to document this memory from a perspective that brought forth the story of an amazing woman, rather than the story of a terrible disease. Good job!

angelfish said...

What a lovely tribute to someone who was obviously very special to you.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

An awesome layout and a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law, Ruth. It's just lovely.

Ann Freeman (mafswife) said...

Lovely layout and your words are so very true. Much love x