I'm not very good at making this kind of post to be honest. I'm not that good at talking about the more serious personal aspects of my life. But last night something pretty bad happened and it made me want to make a post. So make a post about it I shall.
About this time last year my family received the pretty bad news that my stepfather had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Most people know what that is by now but if you don't it's a very bad degenerative disease that slowly destroys your memories and your brain along with them.
Whenever I saw him he seemed like he was doing okay. He always knew who I was and he didn't seem to be losing his memory. But I'd heard from my mum there were times he didn't recognise her or my sister, his daughter. So I know he was doing bad. He just always had it together when I saw him.
Then, last night, something bad happened. My dad got a call from my mum saying that he had wandered off and gone missing. The good news is that he turned up safe and sound but he was still gone for a good hour or so. There's no telling what he could have done if he wasn't found.
So I guess that's the message of this post. If you know someone who has Alzheimer's then please, do what you can for them. Sometimes I'm glad I'm not seeing this degeneration, but at the same time I wish I could be there more.
Actually that diagnosis is what made me want to focus so much on finishing Immortal Space. The book is dedicated to my stepdad. He was always trying to motivate me to be more than I was and I wanted to be able to give him something he could be proud of. Then it was too late.
Never let it be too late.