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Losing your mother can be tough. Just ask Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

The 46-year-old actress and wife of country music superstar Brad Paisley was forced to say goodbye to her mother, Linda Payne Williams on November 16, 2016, but she’s still acutely feeling the pain of that loss.

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Linda died after a long battle with an incurable form of dementia, which began for her in 2005. Since her mother’s passing, Kimberly has used her voice to speak out about Alzheimer’s disease.


In a Sept. 21 post on Instagram she writes, “We lost Mom over a span of 11 years to #AlzheimersDisease. Please help raise awareness this #WorldAlzheimersDay and support research and care for the 44 million people suffering with this disease around the globe.”

I often think about all the things I'd be doing with Mom if she were still alive and well: Singing and silly dancing with my boys. Baking a homemade marble birthday cake in her kitchen. Talking about everything. That's what I miss most. Feeling heard and loved by the woman who brought me into the world. We lost Mom over a span of eleven years to #AlzheimersDisease. Please help raise awareness this #WorldAlzheimersDay & support research and care for the 44 million people suffering with this disease around the globe. It is the only killer in the top ten in the U.S. with no treatment or cure, and it can be financially crippling for many families. Together, one day, I believe we can #endalz 💜 #Thursdaythoughts #tbt

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“It is the only killer in the top 10 in the U.S. with no treatment or cure, and it can be financially crippling for many families,” she added. “Together, one day, I believe we can #endalz 💜”

Kimberly also added a personal touch to her message, and wrote about how much she truly misses her mother.

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“I often think about all the things I’d be doing with Mom if she were still alive and well: Singing and silly dancing with my boys; baking a homemade marble birthday cake in her kitchen; talking about everything,” she wrote.

“That’s what I miss most, feeling heard and loved by the woman who brought me into the world,” she concluded.

Brad Paisley’s wife speaks out about the disease that claimed the life of her mom Instagram/@KimberlyWilliamsPaisley
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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