Writing can help the healing process
Burlington Times-News, July 21, 2006 by Charity Apple
Itís been six years since Sylvia "Tip" Allison, 58, lost her mom to Alzheimerís disease, but that doesnít mean that the pain has subsided much. Sylvia still tears up when she thinks of the woman she calls "the love of my life." "I loved my Mama," she said as she dabbed at the tears forming in her eyes. "I still do."
It was love, Sylvia will tell you, that led her to care for her mom for 3 years. "She took care of us five kids when we were little; it was the least I could do," she said. Frances Coleman Allison had always been a healthy, spirited single mother. But in 1996, the family started noticing a lot of changes. "She would do things like carry her purse around everywhere," her daughter said. "I mean everywhere, like to bed or to the bathroom."
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