I would like to share my story of an incredible mother.
The most inspirational woman that has nurtured me through my roller coaster life and set a wonderful path for myself and others. My mother, Colyn Devereux Kay, business partner of EGG Maternity, mentor, best friend. Seven years ago my darling mother was dealt the cruel hand of the debilitating disease, Alzheimer’s. It has been heartbreaking to see such a beautiful & intelligent woman have so much of what she treasured taken away from her. Through the incredible sadness and mourning of the mother I once had I have found out so much more about the amazing women that she was. The wonderful stories that people have shared with me on how she inspired them to start a business or how she mentored and encouraged them to take that leap of faith. Her brilliance of mind and the most extraordinary inner and outer beauty is always around me and will stay in my heart forever. It was only eight years ago that Colyn was awarded an Order of Merit for her contributions to business – this was the proudest moment of my life. In 2014 she was inducted into the Business Women’s Hall of Fame which was inspired by her and set up by Tara Lorigan founder of Company of Women. Such a treasured occasion. A tireless campaigner for the N.Z Breast Cancer Foundation she graciously chaired the board for many years and had the honour of becoming the first woman chairman on the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce – an outstanding achievement. The photo above was on the cover of Who’s Who Magazine that was taken a few months before Mum was diagnosed. The story was of our business success with EGG Maternity and at the time had 22 franchise stores through New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong. Who would of known then that are lives were about to change completely.
I now have the privilege of looking after her. I feel blessed to have an incredible stepfather who has been so committed to taking care of her and keeping Mum at home with the dignity and love she so deserves. For many this is not an option and I am and will always be eternally grateful to be able to have her near. To be honest it was not always easy and in our darkest days we did look at other care facilities. Through amazing support of carers and Auckland hospital we have persevered and now are in good space. We have been able to lower her medication and keep her comfortable which brings me great happiness. Even though she does not know me occasionally she will have a lucid moment and for a split second she is with me in mind and spirit and says – “my daughter, I love you” That keeps me going for weeks.
I invite you to join me on my journey of investigating and sharing groundbreaking information and my own personal journey on prevention of Alzheimer’s and depression through yoga, meditation, diet and wellbeing, doused with plenty of positivity and humour . There may be some sad days and sometimes it may be very raw, but it will also be beautiful, uplifting and real.