Around the time I began answering to "that girl," I realized names don't matter. At least they don't matter when you're dealing with Alzheimer's.
The fact that my Alzheimer's person didn't have a name for me didn't change the way we felt about each other. Our emotions remained the same. We laughed and cried and worried and loved the same way with and without names.
Try not to dwell on the things that are forgotten. It will make you sad to count your losses. Try instead to honor the relationship and emotions you still can share.
I'm sure you'll discover that love is love by any name.
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