Armstrong & Valen
Organized by: Nina Petersen-Armstrong
On a personal reason as to why I am doing this is because I, personally, had to go through this with my side of the family a few years back. My grandfather, Ismael Valenzuela Sr, was diagnosed back in 2008 (I was in Hawaii) with Dementia. For the longest time, the doctors had placed him on medication and kept adjusting it due to how the disease progressed. In 2013, I had to go home to Texas (I was stationed at Fort Bragg at the time) to say my goodbyes. Knowing this was the last time I saw my grandfather, I got to see how much it has affected my entire family. Everyone was exhausted but no matter what, they came together to help my grandfather. Each and every single one of them said their goodbyes and told him that they will see him later. Which is what we plan on doing when we pass on. Now, my husband and his side of the family are having to go through the same thing. My husband's mother was diagnosed a year or two ago with dementia. My father-in-law and sister-in-law have been taking care of her. This past week, the family came together. Hubby, his brother and I knew then and during July 4th week was the last time we will see her. So, we said our goodbyes. On 19 July, my mother-on-law passed away. As much as this moment breaks my heart as well as my in-laws, I know she is in a better place and no longer suffering. Our hearts will aching since certain holidays, she will be remembered on. She will always be remembered forever. My mother-in-law was indeed a strong woman. She did love to talk and didn't matter if ya were a family member or a stranger. She was kind and loving. She love her kids and grandkids. Every single time we talked, she would always ask how we were doing and always kept saying she couldn't wait to see us again. Since times has change, all we can say now is we will see you again, mom. Love ya and will always miss ya!