Someone so special that I have to share his story with you.
I was holding my husband last night when he took his last breath. He left this earth at 10:55 pm (June 19, 2020 with acute pulmonary edema) after a week of declining health. No, it was not the Covid-19. It was after 21 years of fighting heart disease and resulting vascular dementia – to stay alive because he loved life.
I am very happy to have been there with him as he transitioned from this world to another. I was certainly blessed with many years sharing and providing for his care. I was able to nurture and love him. He was able to champion me as he lived with his dementia. His life path allowed me to not only help him overcome his numerous challenges, but it also allowed me to change the lives of many people around the world. We were a unique team!
In 1999 my husband received a triple bypass due to a heart condition. Soon after that on January 30, 2003 he was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia (VD). My loving husband, Major Larry S. Potter, USAF Retired was my inspiration to explore the field of dementia care.
In 2015, I met and trained to become an Energy Medicine Practitioner in the Good Shepherd Healing System. Fortunately for both my husband and I, in 2015-16 he participated in a small dementia study exploring the possibility of containing dementia.
After 2015 , he kept making cognitive and physical progress. We all accept that life on earth is not eternal. His life ended last night and I feel privileged to share this personal information with you because many of you are family caregivers or care providers. Being present for someone to the end is a gift. My husband thought me the most precious gifts we can find in our lifetime: unconditional love and living in the present.