For Glen Campbell and his family, dealing with Alzheimer's has been a difficult and emotional reality. The disease has the ability to damage lives and relationships, but somehow the Campbell family has found a way around the destruction.
Many people with Alzheimer's are unaware they are living with it until more prevalent signs appear. Kim Campbell had no clue her husband was showing signs of the disease in the beginning.
Kim told the Lexington Herald Leader:
“When you first begin to see signs, you just chalk things up to the normal aging process,” she said.
It wasn't until 2011 that Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He decided to do a farewell tour in 2012 to say goodbye to fans, and in 2014 the film Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me was released. The documentary shed a light on the living with the disease and his final tour.
Now that Glen is in a memory care facility, Kim has made the decision to become a spokesperson for the disease. On March 15th Kim will be in Lexington, KY to talk about her husband’s illness and her role as caregiver.
She hopes that sharing her experience will help others, especially when accepting and coping with the reality is difficult to do.
“Getting the diagnosis helped me a lot,” Kim told the Lexington Herald Leader. “Before the diagnosis, I would get frustrated with him, and irritated and annoyed.”
Kim has learned that the illness needs a "strength-based" approach, and she has certainly tried to carry-out that theory.
We wish nothing but the best for the entire Campbell family, and continue to pray for Glen. Watch his last music video for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" below.
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