Angela, the post above was the 'darkest' side of things.

Before your mum gets anywhere near that stage, if she lasts that long at all, DO, despite all the daily frustrations, make the MOST of her now, with what faculties she has.

I now look back to my MIL when she was able to enjoy watching Morecombe and Wise on the TV, enjoy her food, enjoy me taking her for drives in the countryside, enjoy going to little cafes for cream teas, or driving along the coast.

Now it's all gone, and I look back to those earlier times actually with nostalgia.

So do, please, make the very most of her now, all of you, while she is still 'there' for you.

It's so, so sad -