story collider

A year after rehab, Jamie Brickhouse is struggling with a relapse as his mother starts to deteriorate. Normally she’s so put together, but during his parents visit to see him in NYC, it’s clear that she’s not herself anymore.

After police encounters and a trip to the psych ward, they’re struggling to get a diagnosis for her delusions and strange behavior. In the end, they get the diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia — why was this so hard when it’s not rare at all?

As much as his mother is vanishing, she’s still there. Ironically, his role as a long-distance caregiver is what finally gives him the strength to stay sober.

Listen on Story Collider. The second story starts at 14:00 You can read the whole story in his memoir, Dangerous When Wet.

This is an external article from our library

Everyone is talking about caregiving, but it can still be difficult to find meaningful information and real stories that go deep. We read (and listen to and watch and look at) the best content about caregiving and bring you a curated selection.

Have a great story about care work? Use our contact form to submit it to us so we can share it with the community!

Related Articles

The Caregivers

The Caregivers

A few years into the illness, Janie could sense it worsening. Buzz, who had never yelled at her, now did so at the drop of a hat. Once, when she was...

Can I Sever Ties With My Selfish Sister?

Can I Sever Ties With My Selfish Sister?

Several years ago, I told my sister that I wouldn’t be upset if we never spoke again. Recently her husband, with whom I have a good relationship,...

Popular categories

Finances
Burnout
After Caregiving
Housing
Relationships
Finding Meaning
Planning
Dying
Finding Support
Work
Grief

Don't see what you're looking for? Search the library

Share your thoughts

0 Comments

Share your thoughts and experiences

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join our communities

Whenever you want to talk, there’s always someone up in one of our Facebook communities.

These private Facebook groups are a space for support and encouragement — or getting it off your chest.

Join our newsletter

Thoughts on care work from Cori, our director, that hit your inbox each Monday morning (more-or-less).

There are no grand solutions, but there are countless little ways to make our lives better.

Share your insights

Caregivers have wisdom and experience to share. Researchers, product developers, and members of the media are eager to understand the nature of care work and make a difference.

We have a group specifically to connect you so we can bring about change.