This May, mom will be gone 3 years. Alzheimer’s took her away from me and my siblings. This is such an ugly disease, I hated how it stole my moms brain. Luckily she knew who I was up until the day she passed. I am grateful for all the time I spent with her in her final years.
Mom was formerly diagnosed in August 2017, however we all knew something was wrong with her in the months leading up to it. Her forgetfulness, agitation, and depression was so extreme. I remember one January evening in 2017, she didn’t recall that we had just visited her sick brother 2 days before, and then she caught the flu from him. She was so sick she went to the ER via ambulance. The doctors there asked me if she had ever been tested for Alzheimer’s, as they sensed then she had some form of dementia. But mom refused to get tested. Every day mom got worse and eventually we moved my folks into Assisted Living. Dad passed away 5/15/18 and at dads services mom thought she was going to a wedding. Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep early in the morning of May 2, 2020. Luckily despite Covid, I was able to spend time with her the 2 days before, after she went into hospice.
Oh momma, I miss you so, but I will continue to fight for a cure for Alzheimers in your honor.
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