Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming marked her birthday with a moving message about grief

When Bruce Willis turned 68 on Sunday, his wife Emma Heming marked the day with a candid message about caring for someone living with frontotemporal dementia (FTP).

“I started the morning crying as seen from my swollen eyes,” Heming said in Reels posted to his verified Instagram.

In her ongoing effort to spread awareness about the realities of processing a dementia diagnosis in families, Heming went on to share that she thinks it's “important for you to see all sides of this.”

“I'm always getting this message where people are always telling me, ‘Oh, you're so strong. I don't know how you did it.' I wasn't given a choice. I wish I was, but I'm also raising two kids in this,” she said, referring to their two daughters, Mabel and Evelyn.

Heming added that “sometimes in our lives, we have to pull up our big women's knickers and put them on, and that's what I did. But I have moments of sadness every day, sadness every day and I really feel it today. on his birthday.”

The Willis family, including ex-wife Demi Moore and their three children Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, share updates in February the actor was diagnosed with FTP after first disclosing an aphasia diagnosis in 2022.

According to Mayo Clinic, FTP is “an umbrella term for a group of brain disorders that mainly affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. These brain areas are commonly associated with personality, behavior and language.”

Heming has made sure to document his journey as Willis' nanny and said in the caption to Sunday's post that the messages of support he read from his followers helped him with this.

Tearfully, she concluded her video message by saying that “as much as I do for myself, I do it for you because I know how much you love my husband.”

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