I recently read the book, Still Alice, a novel about a 50 year old woman with early on-set dementia. Alice and her husband, both professors at Harvard University, live in Cambridge, Massachsetts. Their three children are grown and live in variouis parts of the United States. The book portrays a moving picture of fear and acceptance as Alice gradually realizes that her experience of forgetfulness and disorientation are symptons of an early form of Alzheimer’s. Gradually she lets go of travel, giving lectures, and teaching. She cannot jog by herself as she is easily confused about her location. Quickly she learns that the moment is all that she has and that soon the disease will take away her sense of knowing herself, her husband and her children. Yet, as the title depicts she is still Alice. She is still herself even in the midst of the confusion of life. While in many ways this book is emotionally gut wretching, it is also a portrayal of how she and her family deal with something they did want and find their way only through trial and error.
Still Alice–is an invitation to cherish the moments we have–both in our own lives and with others. To look deep within ourselves and to see the wonder of who we are and how we have been beautifully created by God. Still Alice is an invitation to stillness. To slow down in the midst of the frenetic pace of life. To pause. To put aside for a while. To be grateful. To know that we are not alone…always and everywhere, our tender loving God is with us.
Blessings and peace on your journey.