Following the release of her book Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, which details her mother's struggle with early onset dementia, Kimberly Williams-Paisley is continuing to open up about how she came to terms with her mother's condition.
When Kimberly got engaged to her now-husband, country star Brad Paisley, in 2002 she was anxious to share the news with her mother, Linda. But when she told Linda her happy news, her reaction was not at all what she expected.
"She very irrationally reacted to the engagement," Kimberly shared during an interview on the Dave Ramsey Show. "She was a not a huge Brad Paisley fan."
Although Linda didn't like Brad at first, she warmed up to him eventually, and even stepped up to read a Bible passage during his wedding to Kimberly in 2003. However, when Kimberly reflects on this moment now, she remembers it as the first time she detected that something was wrong with her mother.
"The first time that I remember seeing a sign that something was off with my mom, was at our wedding," she said. "She got up at the wedding to read a Bible passage and could not get through it."
Kimberly said this was unusual, since Linda was typically well-spoken and articulate. She realizes now that the moment was a sign of her mother's dementia, but at the time her family just contributed it to stress.
Two more years would pass before Linda was finally diagnosed, and after being taken care of by Kimberly's father for some time, she was eventually moved to a long-term care facility, where she remains today.
It was, and still is challenging for Kimberly to cope with her mother's condition, but she hopes to use her experiences to help others going through the same thing. That's why she made sure to tell the complete, detailed truth in her book, and also included a list of resources for those who are taking care of a loved one in a similar situation.
You can watch Kimberly's full interview below. We'll be keeping her and her family in our prayers.
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