For as long as I could remember, we depended on Mom as the center of the family. When she started forgetting to do household chores, I ignored it. Eventually, more memory lapses and personality changes occurred. She became easily agitated and self-centered. Finally, I could no longer be in denial. When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I saw this as an ongoing tragedy. Despair was an everyday occurrence as I watched this brain-wasting illness rob our family. However, my attitude changed when I perceived caregiving as a learning experience. Alzheimer's became my mission in life instead of an intrusion. Throughout this journey, I share practical tips and strategies that may help an individual living with dementia maintain quality of life. Family members struggling with similar experiences will benefit from my coping skills. After going through a roller coaster of emotions, I consider being a caregiver one of my most meaningful accomplishments.