Bruce Willis had a long and wildly successful career, with his work touching the hearts of countless moviegoers over the years. But Willis ended up retiring as he and his family revealed his struggle with frontotemporal dementia. Since then, his wife Emma Heming Willis has been providing updates about his care, and how difficult it’s been on the family. And it turns out that Maria Shriver is helping Emma share her “guilt” and “hope” over Willis’ FTD diagnosis.
It’s been over a year since it was revealed that Willis was dealing with frontotemporal dementia, leading many fans to re-explore some of Bruce Willis’ best movies. One can only imagine what his loved ones are dealing with on a regular basis, and Emma Heming Willis recently used Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper to pen a letter about how she and the rest of the family are handling the challenges of his care. In her words:
Talk about honesty. While taking care of the Die Hard icon is no doubt a challenging and emotional experience, it sounds like Emma Heming Willis actually feels a ton of guilt. Mostly because they’re able to afford care and resources that other FTD families do not. It definitely sounds like she’s feeling a mixture of very strong emotions nowadays.
Emma Heming Willis has been praised by Bruce’s daughters for not only caring for their father, but for spreading awareness about frontotemporal dementia as a whole. And penning a newsletter for Shriver’s Sunday Paper is just the latest example of this. She’s also shared the way Willis is parenting despite the neurological challenges he’s facing. Later in that newsletter, Emma detailed the emotional journey she’s been experiencing, saying:
While their lives may be very different, there’s clearly still so much loved shared within the Willis family unit. And it sounds like Emma Heming Willis is actually feeling more hopeful about the FTD diagnosis as time passes and they adjust to their new normal. Even if Emma has to ask paparazzi to stop calling out for Bruce Willis if they see him.
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