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Emma Heming Willis opens up about taking a moment for herself while caring for her husband

'The kicker came from Evelyn a few days ago when she said, 'Mom, you need to get out and touch the grass.' I knew what she meant,' wrote Emma.

Emma Heming Willis opens up about taking a moment for herself while caring for her husband
Cover Image Source: "Glass" New York Premiere - Getty Images/ Jamie McCarthy

Taking full-time care of somebody can be exhausting. Bruce Willis' wife, Emma Heming Willis, highlighted this fact when she shared on her Instagram how important it is to take care of herself too. Willis' diagnosis of dementia was made public in February 2023. Emma posted a video on April 9 of her enjoying some alone time, walking around, lying down in the grass, touching flowers and basically taking a moment to ground herself and enjoy everything around her.

She captioned the post: "Bruce and his masterful mic-drop-one-liners. He would say, 'He just can’t get out of his own way.' I never really understood what it meant until it hit me in the face the other day. It’s me. I can’t get out of my own way."

Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming Willis attend the
Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming Willis attend the "Motherless Brooklyn" Arrivals during the 57th New York Film Festival on October 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Film at Lincoln Center)

"I plan, organize and look after everyone and I still rarely make time for me. The kicker came from Evelyn a few days ago when she said, 'Mom, you need to get out and touch the grass.' Spoken like her father’s child. I knew what she meant. I’m wound so tight that she sees it, they all feel it. How is that serving anyone? Today I made time to do something I used to love doing—a 30 min hike and it made all difference. They are giving me permission, almost begging me to make time for myself and I need to shhhh, listen and just go," she added.

Last month, Emma opened up about the "grief and sadness" she feels about her husband's dementia in another Instagram video, as they celebrated his 68th birthday. She said in the video, "I have started the morning by crying, as you can see by my swollen eyes and snotty nose." 



 

"It's important that you see all sides of this," said Emma. She then went on to talk about the loss she feels while taking care of her husband. "I always get this message where people always tell me, 'Oh you're so strong. I don't know how you do it,'" she said. "I'm not given a choice. I wish I was but I'm also raising two kids in this. Sometimes in our lives, we have to put our big girl panties on and get to it, and that's what I'm doing. But I do have times of sadness every day, grief every day and I'm really feeling it today on his birthday." 



 

Emma also shared that she created a birthday video for him. "As much as I do it for myself, I do it for you because I know how much you love my husband," she said while talking about his fans. 

According to BBC, Willis was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. It came after he had aphasia, which further lead to difficulties with speech. He announced last year that he was giving up acting due to his condition, as it was affecting his cognitive abilities. 



 

 

Willis' blended family got together to celebrate Easter over the weekend. The Willis and Emma's daughters, Evelyn and Mobel Ray, were seen all set for the Easter egg hunt, along with Demi Moore and her daughters, Tallulah, Scout and Rumer. "We're in it to win it!" Heming Willis wrote in a video. "Go! Go! Go," she added as everyone took off to look for the hidden eggs, reports PEOPLE.



 

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