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May 16, 2020

Tom Hanks' Wife Rita Wilson Recalls Late Mom's Alzheimer's Disease in a Touching Post

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Rita Wilson has opened up about her mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease in an emotional Instagram post. She shared a heartwarming photo that depicted the frailness that comes with the disease.

Rita Wilson turned on the waterworks of her followers when she took to Instagram to talk honestly about her mother, Dorothy Wilson's battle with Alzheimer's disease.

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Along with a picture of Dorothy's hand clenching hers after she (Dorothy) lost the ability to speak with her daughter, Rita reflected on her experience with her sick parent and the challenges that come with it.

Rita has been open about her and her mother's struggles since 2017 when she replied Maria Shriver's tweet about Alzheimer's.

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The 63-year-old noted through the post's lengthy caption that she had lost count of the number of times her mother walked her to school, took her to church, and comforted her during bedtime. Still reflecting on her mother's life, Rita added:

"There comes a time when the tables are turned and the daughter becomes the mother. The lessons she taught now are given back."

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She also disclosed that she got the idea for her single, "Where's My Country Song? from her experience with her mom as she wanted to honor "all women, not only mothers but women who nurture and care for others."

It didn't take long before her followers began liking the post – it has garnered over 70,000 likes so far – and showing their love for the singer in the comment section.

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ET Canada noted that the "Sleepless in Seattle" star also addressed the lessons she learned from Dorothy's health problems during an interview with Health where she got candid, saying:

"You learn about what's important and what's not. That disease is not something you'd ever wish on anybody, but I try to find the beauty in it, too."

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Rita has been open about her and her mother's struggles since 2017 when she replied Maria Shriver's tweet about Alzheimer's. Besides that struggle, the actress has also survived breast cancer and even beat the novel coronavirus earlier this year.

However, unlike her mother's Alzheimer's and her cancer battle, Rita had some suspicion that she and her husband, Tom Hanks, would likely contract the novel coronavirus – and they did.

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In fact, the couple has become known as the first celebrities to announce their COVID-19 diagnosis publicly. Luckily, Rita and her man fully recovered from the virus that has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization – and she even learned some new lessons.

According to People Magazine, one of the things that the 63-year-old learned was the fact that true beauty comes from "simple acts of kindness," and not makeup as she posed make-up free in one of their April issues.

Rita made it known that seeing individuals show their appreciation to healthcare workers, nurses, doctors, and cafeteria workers was what she considered beautiful these days.

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