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Kathryn Rouse

I am Kathryn, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Caregiver to my 92 year old mother, who has alzheimers. For thirty years I was a secretary at Queen`s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, working mainly in the Faculty of Education. I am a recovering alcoholic, coming up to my six year mark on July 4th (my independence day!). I moved back home to Belleville to care for my Mom when she got diagnosed 8 years ago. I am living in the house I grew up in. It's a funny feeling to come back home as an adult, with all your adult furniture and trappings and try to fit your life back into your childhood bedroom. My mom is not a warm and fuzzy mom. She is hard as nails and that makes taking care of her so difficult. She knows something is wrong, but fights so hard to cover it up. Alzheimers is a nasty, mean disease. I try to laugh every day. Most days I succeed, others, not so much. Yesterday, (Wednesday, June 9) I went for a haircut and got a brushcut. Well, it sure made me laugh, especially when my mom looked so horrified when I walked it. IT'S ONLY HAIR AND IT WILL GROW BACK! Now I'm debating what colour to be for work tomorrow. I bought red and white blond. So much about me. Thanks for listening.

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