Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sad News

Dear Mom,

Earlier this week we heard a news story that really got my attention. There was a silver alert issued for a 68 year old man, Ronald Masci, who had gone out for his daily walk. Two hours later when he had not returned home, his wife called the police to tell them he hadn't. The reason it really got my attention is because Mr. Masci had dementia. Of course now anytime I hear of anything with dementia or Alzheimer's it makes my ears perk up because it just seems so close to home now. The wife and people from the community said that every day he go for a walk, it was just part of his normal daily routine. I know how important keeping same routines is. Once I heard this I started praying that he would be found, and soon. I was concerned because the weather has gotten cooler now and the next day was supposed to be really rainy and cool. I prayed that he would be found before all of this cold rain came. The police went out looking for him, along with many people from the community. He was well known in the community. That was an encouraging thing because at least many people knew just who they were looking for. All week I have been following this story and praying for Mr. Masci to be found and for his family to have peace. Today I read a status update from our local news station stating that they found him and police were not giving many details. I wasn't quite sure if they meant alive or dead the way it was written. I was hoping it meant they found him alive and well. But as I read some comments under the status I soon found out that people from the town had gotten reports that his remains were found. Not long after, the local news station put an updated status saying that his remains were found by police dogs. My heart just broke, it brought me to tears. Right away I prayed for his family. I can't imagine what they must be going through. We didn't talk about it. I knew you wouldn't have remembered the story anyway. Plus, I don't think you realize how close to home this hits for me. I often pray that you will not try to walk anywhere with Bella. I hate how much you have been in pain lately, I don't like the fact that you basically stay in bed most of the day, but someone reminded me that because of that at least I don't have to worry about you wandering off. I guess this is true. I pray you continue to be safe when I'm not there. This story still just breaks my heart. It's so sad there wasn't a better outcome. The coroner is still checking to see what it was that took his life, the police said it didn't seem like foul play at all. I am going to continue to pray for this family...praying for peace for them. And I'm going to keep praying that you and Bella will be safe...trusting the Lord for that...I love you!


  1. Oh, dear Stacey, bless your tender heart. Praying for you right now. I'm so sorry for this sorrow you are bearing. We daughters of moms with dementia have a grief path to walk, don't we? How sweet that our Savior is on the path with us (as well as behind and before). Much love in our Lord for you today, Linda

  2. Thank you so much, Linda! It sure is a rough path, so thankful for the Lord's help through this. I must say, I am also so thankful to be able to read blogs like yours that are so helpful and encouraging! Thank you for your words of encouragement! You're a blessing! Much love to you as well!

  3. Hello Stacey, just found your blog and I want to say that I understand fully what you are going through and what lies ahead. I started blogging after my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers. He passed away in January of this year. If you think it would help any, I would be glad for you to visit my blog at

    I wish you good days ahead and the strength to bare up under the bad ones.

  4. Hi, thanks for checking out my blog! I appreciate that so much! I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I lost my dad 3 years ago in January. Not long after that is when my mom started showing signs of dementia-type symptoms. When I brought her to a neurologist, she said she believed my mom had Alzheimer's. That was a little over a year ago. I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been following it. I have enjoyed reading it! Thank you for sharing! Thanks for your encouragement! I pray for blessing and peace for you! Keep sharing, your blog is a blessing!