Hi. I’m Lizzie. I am the oldest daughter of Anna (aka Nancy) and Louis Brood. When I was 29 years old both my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease within 4 months of each other. That was 9 years ago and I have been caring for them ever since in the very home where they raised me, my sister Katie, and my brother Garrett. This disease slowly and horrifically ravaged our mother’s mind and body to death, and she left this world on February 10, 2017. We are blessed and grateful to continue caring for our father at home. Throughout so many difficult years and in the face of his own great losses, he has remained sweet, gracious, and joyful. We live in bittersweet heartache.
In June of 2018, I returned to work after many years living as my parents’ full-time caregiver. I work for a small non-profit hospice as their volunteer manager, and I’m also a full-time student working toward my Master’s degree in social work. I want to spend the rest of my life caring for and advocating on behalf of people living with advanced dementia. And I want to walk beside individuals living with terminal illness as they take their last steps through this world.
My husband Casey and I created this site as a place for me to explore care life and care work with the many contemplations it evokes. Upsidedowndaughter.com is a patchwork of vignettes, reflections, images, interviews, advocacy, and whatever else has become relevant to me these last years. This is what I eat, sleep, breathe, and lie awake to. I thank you with all my heart for being here to share in the experience.