I was raised in an era when people didn't talk about their family struggles. Support groups were unheard of. You did what you had to do and you didn't ask for help. Things have changed and along with this change has come an open communication that some may question as excessive. Certainly, in many instances, it seems to be. However, when it comes to sharing our struggles with others who are going through similar circumstances, I think this open communication is good. I wrote a post for my Our Alzheimer's blog awhile back that I'd like to share with you. Dorian Martin, the woman I refer to, is a fellow blogger on the site. Her mother had just passed away, and she and I shared some stories. We both had some reservations about what we shared with the public. That is when I wrote, "Sharing Private Struggles for the Greater Good."
"OurAlzheimer's writer Dorian Martin's mother died over the weekend from Alzheimer's disease (and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD). Dorian is a talented writer and a devoted daughter. She and I discussed publicly, on Our Alzheimer's, as well as privately, the questions we asked ourselves as we publicized our loved ones' struggles with dementia."