"I didn't know where to go, what to look up, I'm looking things up and it's freaking me out," Emma Hemming Wills admitted of researching husband Bruce Willis' degenerative condition in the early days following his FTD diagnosis.
During the latest episode of Emma's Make Time To ConnectYouTube series, the 45-year-old mom and model spoke to the founders of the Remember Me podcast, Maria Kent Beers and Rachael Martinez, who both cared for a parent with FTD.
While speaking to the pair, Emma recalled discovering the podcast in the early days following Bruce's diagnosis.
Back in February, Emma, along with other members of Bruce's family revealed that the 68-year-old actor would be stepping back from his career amid his diagnosis with the degenerative condition.
"I didn't know where to go, what to look up, I'm looking things up and it's freaking me out," Emma admitted.
Thanking Beers and Martinez for offering her a connection to other families who have a loved one with the disease, Emma said she started to find a way forward after listening to the podcast.
"There wasn't a lot [of information about FTD] but you guys popped up," she told the pair. "I started listening and I felt like, 'Oh my gosh I'm so grateful to hear other people's stories."'
Emma also shared that she's turned to other caregivers during this trying time, telling listeners that it's been a source of comfort and support to have people around "who just get it."
"There's nothing that levels the playing field like FTD. And I have made some of the greatest connections with other care partners, people like you who just get it," she told the pair. "There doesn't have to be so much explanation."
Emma continued, "You guys have been so helpful to me. I want to say thank you."
"Dementia is hard," Emma said during her Today show appearance last month. "It's hard on the person diagnosed, it's also hard on the family. And that is no different for Bruce, or myself, or our girls. When they say this is a family disease, it really is."