Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, actress, producer, and author of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food shares her journey of moving back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana after 36 years when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. These are her heartfelt stories of life, love, laughter, and loss in the A-Zone.
Life in the A-Zone (Alzheimer's) - Episode 20: A Sherry Sky
Peggy and her sister Shannan rush back from Washington D.C. when her mother takes a turn for the worse. Miraculously, they are able to be by her side with the family as she took her last breath. The sky glowed pink hours before she passed and whenever family or friends see a pink sky, they will remember it is a Sherry Sky.
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Life in the A-Zone (Alzheimer's) - Episode 19: The Last Anniversary
Peggy and her three sisters plan a 62nd-anniversary party for their parents at the Memory Care facility after their Mother is placed on Hospice Care. Alzheimer's may have taken his wife's health and her zest for life, but it was important to their father to celebrate their lifetime of love.
Life in the A-Zone (Alzheimer's) - Episode 18: Everything Will Be Alright
Peggy spends the night with her mother at the memory care facility and in a moment of peace, her mother tells her everything will be alright. Peggy realizes her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's is slowly coming to an end.
Life in the A-Zone (Alzheimer's) - Episode 17: Don't Forget How Good You Are
Peggy's mother is barely speaking these days as she grows weaker from Alzheimer's. However, in a special moment of clarity at the Memory Care facility, she shares a beautiful and heartwarming life lesson.
Life in the A-Zone (Alzheimer's) - Episode 16: Hospital Madness
Peggy takes her mother to the hospital and everything changes as she is placed on palliative care. Alzheimer's is winning the battle and Peggy surrenders to the bleak reality.
Life in the A-Zone (Alzheimer's) - Episode 15: The Baby Dolls
As her mother settles into her new life at an Alzheimer's Memory Care facility, Peggy and her father begin to adjust to an empty house without her. The Alzheimer's struggle at home is gone, but so is her mother's love and spirit.
Peggy takes the listener on a journey that some may have experienced already, some may be on the journey now, and some may have the journey in their future. Wherever you are, take the time to listen to the Sweeney families story of their journey through the A-zone, otherwise known as Alzheimers. It will make you laugh, cry, and smile all at the same time. Peggy makes it real and you will be amazed at how the entire family comes together to navigate life in the A-zone with their precious Mom, Sherry.
A gift for storytelling
Peggy’s message would be of valuable even if she wasn’t a great storyteller. Because she is a skilled actress and writer these podcasts go to another level. Her vivid descriptions put you right beside her on this journey, painting images that will stay with you.