Sunday, December 29, 2013

Memory People welcomes 5000th member

Today we mark a very important milestone, for all of us here on Memory People.

We are now over 5,000 members and growing everyday, every hour, sometimes every minute.

Some will say “It’s all about the numbers for Rick Phelps”, and it is.

Without the numbers, the members here, Mp would not be the site it is. I would still to this day be sitting in front of my computer looking for somewhere to find answers.

We have that here at Mp. We don’t have all the answers, we never claim to. But I can tell you this, what you get here is a large dose of reality.

Sprinkled in with some common sense, and topped off with some put your big boy pants on.. because we can’t fix this.

Having dementia of any kind is horrific. Being a caregiver/family member who has to watch their loved one slip away a little at time is indeed horrific also.

I have long said one of the hardest things to do is to lose your mind, and all the time know exactly what is happening.

The only thing that keeps me sane is my Faith, my Family, and Memory People.

Memory People is not about Rick Phelps. It never was, it never will be. It’s about the members here who pour their heart and soul out to each other.

It’s about knowing what is happening and what is coming. It's about having a plan. About helping one another through unbelievably hard times.

The bad days. The hallucinations, the wandering of patients in the middle of the night.

It’s about Sundowners. It's about losing your loved one a little more everyday.

Memory People is about these and so many other things. But most of all it’s about you. Every single one of you are just as important as the next.

It doesn’t matter if you were here in the beginning or found us yesterday. Everyone here is important to us.

Where could you find a site that asks of nothing, yet offers everything?

Where can you get answers to what you ask, not something you want to hear?

We are here for each other 24/7, 365 days a year. It doesn't matter if you post several times a day, or you have never posted at all.

Some get Support by just reading our comments. No requirements. We encourage debate, but respective debate.

No one has all the answers, let alone all the right answers. But we go through this together, as it should be.

We celebrate not the fact that we have over 5,000 members now. We celebrate the fact that what that number represents is the number who have found us, and by their own admission have had a life changing experience since being here.

We are sorry for the reason you are here. But we are glad you are no longer alone in this journey.

Thank you for being here. I knew this is what I needed, and I knew there had to be many others that needed this also. Each one of you has turned a dream into a reality, for us all...