Mother with Alzheimer's keeps hope because of her kids

Sunday, May 12, 2019

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WRDW) -- Larry and Evelyn Lesser seem like the typical mother-son duo. The pair is sarcastic and witty, but the light-hearted moments carry a sentimental weight.

"I feel so fortunate that I'm here and able to spend and share mother's day with you," Evelyn Lesser said. "Every day is actually mother's day for me with Larry because he's always there for me."

"To my mother I would say happy mother's day," Larry Lesser said. "We are lucky that we still have each other and will for a while. For a long, long time."

Days like today don't come too often. Four years ago, Evelyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

"When I was first told about it it was a little bit of a shock," Evelyn said. "There's forgetfulness."

"When mom has a good day, I have a good day," Larry said. "When mom has a bad day, I feel for her"

There's a lot of things Evelyn forgets, but while Alzheimer's is scary, she says motherhood is more frightening. She says she'll always worry about what comes next for her family.

"The thing that frightens me is I hope this goes on for a long time because we've been so close over the years, good or bad," Evelyn said. "I'm concerned what's going to happen to him when I'm not longer here."

But through it all, she's choosing hope.

"I could live through everybody!" Evelyn said. "I'm going to be 91 and I just enjoy life."

"Good and bad, I'm looking forward to more years and more time with you," Larry said.

Even when his mom cannot remember moments like these, he says he'll hold on to all the memories for her.