You may know his music, you may know his name, but this story is one that you probably haven’t heard before, at least not from Glen Campbell, or anyone like him.
The “Rhinestone Cowboy” has entertained us for years, but this time he gives us a look inside another story, one that is not entertaining, but deserves our attention. This is a film staring Glen Campbell and his family as they take on the fight of their lives against this debilitating disease called, Alzheimer’s.
Glen is not alone, millions of lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease everyday. Just because Glen is an entertainer and has a household name, that doesn’t save him from the disease or any of it’s symptoms. He must walk through this experience just like everyone else.
Glen’s story does open up a dialogue that needs to take place, he starts a conversation about those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the hope that one day soon we will find a cure. Glen’s story also gives us a picture of the changes, the struggles, and the pain of living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s as the disease progresses.
We see this country superstar and his family, struggle as they make decisions about his treatment. We see his behavior and disposition chance as the disease progresses. We watch his family as they must make difficult decisions about what is best for him, his treatment and his career.
His family also shares their own pain and grief as they try to deal with the unknowns of the disease, never really knowing what tomorrow will bring. Glen’s family attempts to support him and give him what he needs, but they see the changes and they know that their is only so much they can do.
As hard as it is at times to watch, it is great to see hope and faith living and breathing. Seeing Glen’s life change is such a gift, because it gives us such an education on the disease and it’s progression.
I applaud Glen and his family for their courage and their resolve, for them this isn’t just a film, this is their lives.
As a world renowned entertainer, Glen opens up a door into something many of us rarely see. It is a story that is played out in hospital rooms, nursing homes and behind closed doors, all across the country. Many people suffer and watch silently as Alzheimer’s takes the lives of their loved ones, first stealing memories, and eventually taking their lives.
In “I’ll Be Me”, we see Glen’s goodbye tour. His family takes what some say is a big a chance risk allowing him to tour one last time, despite his condition. Glen gets a chance to say goodbye to his fans and his fans get a chance to say goodbye to him. He performances across the country, for as long as his condition allows.
As old concerts, family footage, friends, family, artists, and fans share stories of the Glen Campbell they have known and love, this movie gives us an appreciation of their journey. We get to experience some of their pain, and we get to hear their fears as they lose a loved one right in front of their eyes.
This movie is a must see for everyone, whether you know someone with Alzheimer’s or not. It gives us a look inside the lives of millions of people, who fight this battle each and every day, and the people who love them. It is their story and their fight, and it deserves to be told.
If you or someone you know have experienced Alzheimer’s first hand, please share this with a friend or share a tip in the comments below that helped you cope, you never know who you might help.
Disclosure: I had a chance to view this movie because of my relationship with Propeller Consulting, LLC, who will also be providing a prize for one of my readers. The choice of winners and opinions are my strictly my own.