Shauna Woods

First post: Oct 27, 2022 Latest post: Jan 5, 2024

2024-01-04 Update

Shauna Woods passed away on June 9, 2023, after a two-year battle with Lewy body dementia and Parkinsonism. We invite you to “save the date” for a memorial celebration of Shauna’s life. 

Date: Saturday May 4, 2024
Time: 5 – 9 pm
Location: Miraloma Park Improvement Club (MPIC) Clubhouse, at 350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127

See details below in the "journal"

2022-9-29 Story:

In Fall 2021 Shauna was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, and over the past year her condition has gotten much worse, to where she needs round-the-clock care. Currently, we have some fantastic caregivers (Theresa, Rheda, Tapaola) coming during the day which has helped a lot, and we are getting great medical care and support, but we are facing many challenges as a family. We (Lorraine, Rachel, and Mara) have organized this page to share updates with Billy and Shauna’s loved ones, and to encourage those who are wanting and able to help to come visit Shauna, which is the best way to help at the moment (see below).

If you know Shauna, you know she’s a people person who gets so much joy from chit-chatting, hearing stories, making you feel heard and seen, and collecting and sharing the latest bits and pieces. For over a decade she’d take Sadie on daily walks down the hill to Chenery (or Paradise, depending on the mood) and sometimes into Glen Canyon Park.  Shauna knew the name of every dog and all of their dog-parents and even many of the dog-less humans on the route, and was always up for the latest neighborhood chit-chat. “Walking” with Shauna would be like stop and go traffic, with her leaping at any opportunity to wish “Steve” a good afternoon and ask how his daughter Maggie was liking Lowell, then walk a few squares of sidewalk to wave at a house -- even though nobody was there -- and tell us whose house it was and why it matters, then leap across the street to catch up with Martha who she’d met at Canyon Market last week and ask how her visit from her sister-in-law was. People called her the “Mayor of Glen Park,” to which she replied with an ironic wave-off hand gesture, “No I’m not! But how’s your sick cat Jonah doing?” Even when her memory was starting to recede, she still remembered all the tidbits about the neighbors on these walks, and it gave her so much joy.

Since Spring of this year, Shauna’s Lewy Body dementia began to take its toll on her physically, and it became too difficult for her to make it down the hill to her neighborhood walk anymore.  Because of this, sadly, Shauna has lost most of her contact with her friends and neighbors in the community.  

On the rare occasions when she does have a visitor, it’s like gold; it really cheers her up and makes her day.  Visits from people she knows and cares about can light up her spirit and give her moments of joy and lucidity.  It might be a short visit, if she’s tired or not feeling well, but she welcomes the company; it can cheer her up and make her day. 

Visits from friends or family, near or far — from the neighborhood, to Book Group ladies, to Mather and Clarendon parents and friends, etc. — are all welcome and will be greatly appreciated. She prefers in-person visits, though “virtual visits” would also be cherished for folks who aren’t in the area. Zoom and phone calls can be very enjoyable for her.

When you visit Shauna, her attention span and energy levels can be unpredictable; there’s no way to know in advance whether you can spend two minutes or 20 minutes or an hour with her, so please keep that in mind. Some of you have offered to bring things such as flowers or food, or to run errands; the thought is very much appreciated, but we’d prefer for you not to bring things or do things at the moment (flowers and other new items can be overwhelming for Shauna, and her diet is very limiting; also shopping and cooking are a healing part of Billy’s routine, so he has lots of food!). Thank you :)

Visits can be from any time in the late morning until the early evening. It’s best to text Billy first (415-350-8694), to let him know what time(s) might work for you.  (Please identify yourself in the texts, in case you are not in Billy's "Contacts" list.) And thanks in advance from all of us, and from Theresa, Rheda and Tapaola who are with her almost all the time now.

With so much love to you all,

Billy, Rachel (Billy and Shauna's daughter), Mara (Billy and Shauna's daughter), and Lorraine (Billy's sister)

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