I remember the first time my grandma called me "Katherine", and I remember the anger I felt towards her because she called me by my mother's name. I had always looked like my mother, and people noticed and said something. But I did not want to be Katherine. I wanted to be Emily. That was also when we started to notice her declining memory. She would forget little things at first, but then it affected things that mattered such as getting ready for the day, and important information. It was very difficult to see my amazing grandmother decline so rapidly. It was very hard to go visit her, and wonder if she still remembered who I was. She had trouble holding conversations, and would often day dream. We thought she was improving at least physically when she walked all by herself from one room to the next on New Year's Day. But then the next day when she called to wish my mother "Happy Birthday", she also wished us a "Happy New Year". She did not even remember seeing us the day before. She went into the hospital a few days later because she had pneumonia. Someone had to sit and watch her to make sure she did not get out of bed, because the dementia caused her to forget she was even in the hospital. She died a few weeks later. Being a part of Sigma Kappa where I get to help out with this philanthropy, makes me feel closer to my grandmother. I hope we can find a cure for Alzheimer's and Dementia so that no one has to experience what I had too. Thank you for participating!
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