Who has someone in their life that’s fighting Alzheimer’s, has been taken from us from this terrible disease? Some of us were caretakers-or some of us were loved ones! No matter your role it’s affected you.
I lost my Mima, September 5,2008 at the age of 66. She was so young, I was so young. I never understood the dynamics of Alzheimer’s. I never understood how I was so angry. At 23 I felt so cheated, I missed out on so much with her. Her love for Disney lives on within her 8 grandchildren.
I lost my Poppy, November 10, 2016 at the age of 80. This time I wasn’t as young, I was 31. I was able to watch him go from the man who fixed everything under the sun, to not knowing which screw driver was which or where they were when they were right in front of him. I watched him not be able to tie his sneakers and get very upset. He went from being the man we went to for help with everything to him coming to us for help putting his jacket on. He was patient and loving to becoming angry, sad and disoriented. I went from being his little girl to being the adult who helped him. I soaked up every little thing I could with him. But still feel I missed out on so much with him. The day he was put in a nursing home is the day I lost everything. He didn’t know who I was , who his sons were (my dad and uncle). We visited daily trying to be positive but always left in tears.
The day before he lost his battle with Alzheimer’s he knew who I was when I visited and told me I was always his girl. He will always be my Poppy, one of the first men I every loved. And the man that loved me unconditionally no matter what I did.
Help me fight for a cure, fight for the people who don’t remember, and the people who are witnessing their loved ones slowly forget them. I wish this disease on no one.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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