Grief, Gratitude and Baby Lee.
She wanted to honor her son, to celebrate his life, however short. That's why she had refused an abortion, even after doctors told her that her little boy would be born without a brain.
Dear Mrs Bergman
... I want you to know how deeply I wish to translate those ideas into images, just to quiet down the turmoil of my brain... Yours very truly and devoted,
Roberto Rossellini writes to Ingrid Bergman
The Swedish movie star had written a fan letter to the Italian Neorealismo director Roberto Rossellini
, expressing her desire to work in one of his films: "If you need a Swedish actress who speaks English very well, who has not forgotten her German, who is not very understandable in French, and who in Italian knows only "ti amo", I am ready to come and make a film with you
This is how he responded -- by writing a part for her in his 1949 film "Stromboli
." It was the beginning of one of the most famous love stories of the twentieth century
. More inside.
Then, in one of his unexplained flashes of clarity, he told Debbie: "I don't want to have Alzheimer's."
On Saturday, John will be 57. Although he is in the end stage of early-onset Alzheimer's
, he still enjoys simple pleasures: walking outdoors, eating ice cream, listening to music. His wife, children and church friends — some of whom have relatives with dementia — will gather at the nursing home for a birthday party. They will honor the man John once was, and the spirit that survives. And some will no doubt wonder if they are bearing witness to their own futures
Alzheimer's is a disease that can create nurses and chambermaids out of loved ones
. Jim Broomall doesn't blame his mother. It's not her fault. She can't help it. No one with Alzheimer's can and caregivers must remember that, he says. "If you don't, you'll go crazy".
Or maybe even die: home care for Alzheimer's patients is a major health risk for the caregiver spouse
. That's the choice for the families of the Alzheimer's patients (4.5 million of whom are Americans).