My grandmother has been my best friend for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I enjoyed spending time with her, whether we were doing puzzles, reading books, or sitting outside enjoying the peace on the farm. I absolutely loved when I would be playing basketball outside and I would hear her call my name and tell me it was “break time.” I would walk up the hill and have a snack with her and grandad and enjoy sitting in the swing just talking to them.
As I got older, I would come back to Hancock County just to get that feeling of home I felt when I spent time with her.
Even now, with me being 31 and her being 82, she is still one of my favorite people in the world.
However, Alzheimer’s has taken a lot from our relationship. Most of the time she recognizes who I am, however, other days, she has no idea. She doesn’t remember if it’s been a day or a week since she’s seen me last. Our conversations don’t make much sense. I don’t get those weekly phone calls saying she misses me. I don’t receive that grandmotherly advice like I used to. My daughter doesn’t get to sit outside with her and learn the sounds different birds make. She doesn’t get to giggle with her while they work a puzzle. That’s what Alzheimer’s has taken from me.
It’s hard seeing the smartest, most stubborn, independent woman I know not resemble herself. However I choose to spend as much time with her as I can and help take care of her in any way I can. Because although she might not remember the time we spend together or make new memories, I do. And even though she may not seem like it at times, she’s still my amazing grandmother and I love her more than she knows.
By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I’m raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against this disease.
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