When I first found out about my mom's dementia, my emotions just sort of shut down. Then I took on a hefty role as caretaker and I never had a chance to grieve. I felt it was selfish of me to do so. People kept telling me I needed to take care of myself in order to care for others but I found it hard to know where to start.
I found that sharing my experiences on this forum and getting information allowed me to experience my emotions in a healthy way. I didn't feel alone. I've begun my grieving process. And in doing so, it makes me value the time I spend with my mother more. So I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all those who contribute and respond. You guys really help in ways you can never imagine!