Reply To: personality change
JennIvy ~ chances are that your mom is [U]Not[/U] allowing herself “to slip”. Neurological diseases are most difficult and often come with post traumatic stress. She does not want to be where she is ~ her life changed dramatically without asking for it 😮 There is most definitely a grief that comes with this change. It can take a very long time to figure out just where you fit into life now. There is just so much loss to accept . . . Your mom will never be “who she was” ~ she has been changed. That doesn’t mean she’s a totally different person but this experience has permanently changed her in many ways.
Are you a mom yourself? Can you remember thinking you knew what it would be like to be a mom but it wasn’t until you were that you begin to really understand? Please continue to be patient and listen to your mom and what she tells you her needs are. She needs your total support ~ even when you don’t understand ~ to move forward in her journey.
Many of us wouldn’t have survived the experience if it wasn’t for our caregivers ~ those who accepted that our life had been turned up-side-down and were willing to walk beside us even when they didn’t understand.
I wish your mom “well” with courage and patience for what maybe a very long journey.