Stephanie Martin told her followers that she decided to give her mom the gift of a lifetime after doctors diagnosed her with dementia.
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A woman has left social media users overwhelmed with emotions after sharing a glimpse of the heartfelt gift she gave her beloved mother with dementia. Posting an Instagram reel, Stephanie Martin told her followers that she decided to give her mom the gift of a lifetime after doctors diagnosed her with dementia. The illness affects "memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to interfere with your daily life," according to Mayo Clinic. When Martin first learned about her mother's deteriorating condition, she knew she had to take her to see Cliffs of Moher, as it was something her mother had always wanted to see.
Recently, Martin managed to take her on a 10-day trip to Ireland so she could behold the sight before her memory got any worse, reports News18. The result was a heartbreakingly sweet clip of her mother's priceless reaction and it is sure to move you to tears. "My sweet momma was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia a few years ago. The doctors said she had about 6-8 years before she would completely forget who we were. She always wanted to see the Cliffs of Moher, so I got her on a jet plane and made it happen. My favorite moment from our 10 day trip around Ireland," read the caption of the post.
The Instagram reel, which was shared on September 19, begins by showing an emotional woman overwhelmed by the magnificent scenery before her. It then cuts to a few shots where she is smiling. In another clip, which was shared on September 24, the mom could be seen having a blast at the beach. In the due course of the reel the text, "He said one day, you'll leave the world behind so live a life you will remember" shows up echoing the song that plays in the background. Netizens were understandably touched by the daughter's beautiful gesture as one user wrote, "I’m bawling watching this. Priceless. So much love and awe and wonder. ❤️"
Another shared, "This is so sweet! I am sure this was one of the most special moments of her life." A third added, "You are the sweetest soul! This makes me want to cry! Time truly is the most precious thing on this planet♥️." There was one user who sympathized with the mother's diagnosis writing, "My heart aches for you and your family. What a very special moment. Cherish every single moment you can with your sweet, sweet mama.❤️" Yet another Instagram user expressed, "Oh Steph, this is heart-rending to hear. Your mama is so precious! Lord God, please heal our sweet friend-keep her memories of you Lord deep in her soul. Those things you have taught Sue will not be forgotten or return void. She is your daughter-we ask for a miracle and multiplied moments with her. She will continually be in my prayers!!"
Daughter Takes Dementia-Diagnosed Mother To The Trip of a Lifetime, Watch Viral Video https://t.co/bvttyLS4z7— getnews (@getnewsofficial) October 3, 2021
Martin's post, which was viewed over 9 million times, encouraged others to lighten their heart by sharing their own stories. "My mom died from Alzheimer’s in '19. The Christmas before I spent a few days with her. She may not have truly known my name, but she knew me. She knew that I was a safe person that she loved. The next time I saw her was in March when we got the call that she was actively dying. Even though through those three days she wasn’t awake, I could see that she relaxed when we were there. She listened to us when we told her that it okay to let go. She waited till the moment my brother’s plane touched down back home. She was so peaceful. Her soul waited around about twelve hours later where we saw a large swath of rainbow in a pitch-black sky on the way to the airport to drop the kids off to go back home to their jobs. Your mom may forget your name, but she won’t forget the love you share," shared user mistyeydgrl.