illuminated impressions LLC

A small entity with the purpose of using our talents, skills, ideas, as well as our creations, to place a little more light in this world, while lessening the impact of the darkness.

Our mission:

“illuminate your impressions of life!”

illuminated impressions LLC is currently operated by Stacey S McClish, and is a culmination of contributions by the McClish family, including her husband, Chris L McClish, who is now limited due to health issues.  

This site represents an active tribute to Chris’s philosophy and life contributions, as well as serves to honor the McClish family lineage, which includes Chris’s late father, Lt. Colonel Ernest E McClish, a war hero who suffered and died from dementia (possibly Alzheimer’s disease).

It is hoped that suffers and/or caretakers of those with neurodegenerative and life impacting mind/brain impacting illnesses can find something of interest and use as a result of illuminated impressions LLC and the McClish family contributions.

Through our endeavors, we have focused on helping others, especially those who suffer from the challenge of coping with a condition that impacts the brain, making life more challenging than it already is.  

Our focus has been on providing information to those coping with chronic, progressive diseases that impact the brain, called neurodegenerative diseases. These illnesses may result in the afflicted person developing a negative view of life. In the past, we also provided guidance by mentoring professional providers (who work with this population of people and their families). However, the information on this site may be helpful to anyone suffering either a chronic, progressive, incurable, or mind/brain impacting condition that impacts motivation and outlook on life.

We have provided inspiration to those with conditions such as: Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Systems Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Asperger’s disorder/High Functioning Autism, and other physical and mental diseases.

Many conditions, whether they are diagnosed as physical or mental, impact the person’s sense of mental well-being. Sometimes the reason for the negative emotional state is due to factors such as: the stress from coping with the illness, a result of grief from losing abilities, a product of the illness itself having a direct impact on the person’s brain (where the parts of the brain that regulate emotions are affected). A person who suffers from such conditions (as well as, the individual’s caretakers and/or loved ones), may succumb to feeling a sense of loss of purpose/meaning, as well as, develop a negative view of life.

Whether the darkness of suffering is born out of: a mental condition, degenerative brain disease, motor movement disease, autism, stroke, trauma, terminal illness, multiple sclerosis, genetic disease, or any other chronic, and progressive disease, our agency has worked hard to provide some hope and strength to the people (and families) experiencing the mental toll from these diseases.  In other words, we want to shine some light into that mental darkness surrounding those who suffer. We also have mentored, educated, and contributed ideas to the providers who work with these individuals.

Not only are you coping with your condition, you are also having to deal with how other people are now responding to both you, and your condition!

Symptoms may be slightly visible, invisible, or even downright embarrassing 

Some of the people with the afflictions that we encounter have “invisible disabilities”.  These are called “invisible” because the conditions may not produce symptoms that are physically noticeable to others, nor easily observable to someone who doesn’t know the person well-enough. Some examples of “invisible” symptoms might include: memory loss, bladder control issues, pain, insomnia, loss of dexterity, decline in other physical senses, and impacted emotional states.

Some symptoms of these afflictions may result in the sufferer having behaviors which could be misinterpreted by others as being intentional or maladaptive (i.e. a person staggering or slurring words being mistaken for being under the influence of illicit substances, or misperceived as intentionally acting in such a way as to gain sympathy or attention, etc.).  

Some afflicted individuals have symptoms that cause social embarrassment, such as: involuntary movements, undesirable changes in the afflicted person’s appearance, difficulty with speech, swallowing, or other issues impacting how they are seen by others.

Many symptoms of illness may be unreported to physicians or other providers, due to embarrassment or due to lack of awareness that the embarrassing issue may actually be a symptom or result of a side effect from medications. For example, some brain illnesses, as well as medications, can bring about issues such as: sexual dysfunction, hallucinations, paranoia, and other problems that the sufferer, or his or her family, may not have considered to be a symptom or medication side effect.

If you would like to contact us, use the Contact tab or the Contact Form to get in touch with us.  If contact form is not working, please contact the webmaster at admin@illuminatedimpressions.com.

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