The money continued to be a source of concern for Mom and for her five daughters. We wanted our mom to have her money, we just wanted to make sure it was safe and secure. I knew how much that money meant to Mom. We all did. She was saving it for years. I think she felt like she was losing control of her life and having this money at her fingertips made her feel like she was in control of something.
I put up with a lot of abuse. But I knew this wasn't my mom, my real mom. Her brain was taken over by an ugly, evil disease and it wasn't her fault. I knew Mom was in there because she showed me from time to time. She wasn't always obstinate. I had to be strong and do everything I could for her because she was always there for me my whole life.