Kathryn’s father moved back in to help out while they continued to look for answers.
She was 55-years-old.
“It wasn’t the news that anyone wanted to hear, especially my mom,” Kathryn says, adding the specific diagnosis is a rare form of Alzheimer’s called Benson’s syndrome.
Kathryn, then 21, was in an entry-level job outside of Toronto. She quit and moved home to help care for her mother.
“I don’t think anyone put it on me, I think I took on a lot because I didn’t trust other people,” she says of her care-giving role.
Her father and brothers helped out, but she spent most weekdays with Pat, whose cognitive abilities were rapidly declining.
“I’d think, I wish I had my mom to help me through this situation with my mom. Because that’s how I got through everything else.”
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