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You can still catch a few glimpses of the old Molly Daley, from before the dementia diagnosis two years ago, when she laughs for no reason, when she hugs her son and tells him she loves him, or when she pretends to box with her youngest grandson, wearing pink gloves and a padded helmet.

That’s the Molly who enjoyed drinking a cold beer with her dinner, going on road trips, and lending a hand to her friends and neighbors.

But that Molly is now elusive, more often replaced by a vacant gaze hiding the suffering as the disease slowly takes over her brain.

“That look of confusion, where she’s trying to process what’s going on, it’s just like a blank stare and that gets worse over time,” her son, Joey Daley, told NBC News. “It’s like, just a little bit, dementia has taken a little bit more of her away.”

Such is the agonizing nature of what’s called “Lewy body dementia,” which Joey Daley began chronicling in January through a painfully honest YouTube series centered on his mom.

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Image: Dementia Daley sits with his mother at his home in Dublin, Ohio. Maddie McGarvey / for NBC News

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Click link below for article and video:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/battling-dementia-mother-son-s-incredible-journey-n757196

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