My family has been affected by the dreaded, deadly Alzheimer's disease and also dementia. Mom began behaving strangely several years before actually being diagnosed. We saw her gradually become emotionally volatile and confused...lost. It was devastating watching her when at times she was aware that she was losing her memory, and at one point she wrote me a letter expressing that she would always love me, even when she wouldn't be able to tell me or might not know me. That time came all too soon. One day she was so excited and cried when she "learned" that I was her daughter, and even introduced me to my dad happily telling him, "I have a daughter!" At age 76 she needed 24 hour care and was admitted into a nursing home where she spent the next 4 years slowly declining. All that time we remained prayerfully thankful for each moment of awareness...when we could feel that she was "with us", and eventually she wasn't. On October 13, 2015, my beautiful, happy, loving, bubbly mom passed through that confusion into full restoration in God's loving arms.
Now my dad is in a nursing home, and still seems to recognize me, but doesn't know my name. He still has a great sense of humor, though, and everyone loves him. He and mom worked in 4 different children's homes over the years and helped to raise 35 children besides their two biological children, my brother and I. What a beautiful legacy of true Christian love they both lived for us all!
Hereditary? Genetically inevitable for me...my daughter...my son??? Only God knows that, but we're all doing everything humanly possible with diet, exercise, learning and staying informed...mostly leaving it up to God and resting in His promise in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your path." We WALK for a CURE! Please help us find it so that others will not suffer.
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