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I Have a Mother Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

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    My Mum

    I reach out with my mind to touch you. I cannot reach. I see a spark in your eyes. A spark of memory, It flares to life Then dies. Now, your memories are mere moments Fleeting, fragile. Like the spark that never becomes the flame. Like the bud that never blooms. And your life...
    Foreveronly Foreveronly 31-35, F Feb 12, 2013

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    New To This Group, But Not To Alzheimer's

    Hi everyone, I've been the caregiver for my mom for quite some time now.  She was just diagnosed about 5 or 6 years ago, but I think she has had it for probably 15 years.  I've noticed the slow progession of it for years, and actually tried to get her to see a Dr...
    ThisIsNotEnough ThisIsNotEnough 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 17, 2010

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    The Gratefulness Hidden Within the Sorrow

    A Son's Thanksgiving By Donald Michael Schwartz, Nov. 22, 2007 My mother has advanced Alzheimer's But there is thanksgiving and gratefulness, Hidden within the sorrow. I ink my thoughts, On this 2007 day of thanks, For the strength of my Mother's true spirit is rolling...
    YpsiDonald YpsiDonald 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 7, 2008

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    Traveling Down "alzheimers Road"

    Mom was first diagnosed December 2006. She came to live with me for about eighteen months.Prior to May 2008. she experienced a progressing stroke which was stopped by medication.  Then, the following May, she went to the Emergency Room with chest pains.  She had a pacemaker...
    steelmagnoliabr steelmagnoliabr 66-70, F Jan 6, 2011

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    My Grandmother Had Alzheimer's

    My grandmother passed away on Feb. 21st 2008, she took care of me when I was young. I miss her a lot, but at least she doesn't have to live with the disease anymore. she lived with it for nine years and during that time she lived through 2 strokes which left her bed-ridden/unable...
    Bloo Bloo 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 11, 2008

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    She Is In Heaven Now

    My mom doesn't have to suffer with the terrible disease of Alzheimer's any more. On August 14 at 2:15 am, Mom breathed her last breath.  I thank God that I was at her side.  I was able to say my goodbyes and comfort Mom at the end. In her final days she was suffering...
    ginger1979 ginger1979 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 22, 2007

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    I Lost My Job Because I Went On Family Leave To Care For Her.......now She Has Me But Nothing Else

    3 years ago, I worked at Rutgers University.  I had worked there for 13 years.  I always had a good work record, but in 2006 my life started falling apart.  It was simple things at first, lost keys, lost purse, lost shoes, lost jacket........every morning it was something else...
    NO12TALK2 NO12TALK2 56-60, F 3 Responses Jun 7, 2011

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    Alzheimers

    I have a mother who is struggling with Alzheimer's disease. She feels like a completely different person, and although I love and respect her, its hard to even talk to her. I found out about it within the past year, and am very emotional still about it. When I stumbled upon...
    Freeingtibet Freeingtibet 46-50, F Mar 7, 2013

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    Ready To Give Up!

    My mother and I used to be best friends! Several years ago I noticed a change! Years ago when I had my first child! She originally said she would have anything to do with him! Then she threatened me every day as if he was hers! We moved out she called all the time with excuses...
    Barbara35 Barbara35 31-35, F Oct 15, 2012

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    Accustom to a Soul

      Is one's essence defined by the age of the body or their culture, economic status or gender? What are we naked; without our statistics to label us? My mother has gone through a true metamorphosis and continues to do so. She wears different costumes of the mind. Each...
    mariaherndon mariaherndon 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2009

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    The Day The Crickets Said Good Bye

    My mother died of Alzheimers on August 30th of this year. She died in my house surrounded by love and sadness by her family.I needed a moment after she passed and stepped out onto the patio. It was a cool day for August and I was surprised at how fast she left in the end and how...
    blindeyepete blindeyepete 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2010

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    I Miss My Mom (in Law)

    We went down to SF today (2 and a hours of rainy mountain roads each way) to see the my Mother-in-law today. She continues to slowly die, clinging to life for reasons I fail to understand. I would not have recognized her if her name was not on the door to her room! She looks...
    Koiponder Koiponder 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 19, 2010

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    This Disease Not Is Only Taking A Toll On My Beautful Mother, But Is Also Taking A Toll On My Whole Famil.

    Iam writeing this story to seek help on understanding more about this disease. a year ago my healty, energetic,and still lovely mother was dignosed with alzheimers and dementia. it was very heartbreaking for myself and the family. unfortunently she is only 58years of age. i...
    jcnoria jcnoria 31-35 Jul 11, 2011

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    Mom, I Wish You Could Understand Who You Are to Me

    Mom, I know you will never read this, and even if someone read it to you, you wouldn't understand. Mom, you still look like the woman who loved me, who took care of our family, who was strong when things were tough....but you don't remember all of the things that I do. You don...
    ginger1979 ginger1979 41-45, F 3 Responses May 10, 2007

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    My Mothers Alzhiemer's Part 2

    Recently I spent on and off three weeks with my aged mother. Her Alzheimer’s disease has made her far worse in the six and a half months since our last visit. My greatest fears are becoming truths, my mother’s eyes now become vacant as if the switch in her addled brain...
    oldbaldguy oldbaldguy 70+, M 2 Responses Jul 3, 2010

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    Things Are Changing...

    Things have been pretty wild for the last few weeks, andI thought I should come back and update some things.  It amazes me that it was just this spring that things seemed calmer with mom.I've been her caregiver for years now.  And over the years there have been many incidents...
    ThisIsNotEnough ThisIsNotEnough 51-55, F 17 Responses Dec 26, 2010

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    Memory Loss

    Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1995.  She's still living, but is very frail.  She no longer knows any relatives and doesn't think of herself as a married woman, but rather as a little girl. By the time she was diagnosed, her short term memory had already become...
    koalaguy koalaguy 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 14, 2009

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    I Miss My Best Friend, My Mother

    My mother contracted Alzheimer's Disease in her early 50's. They had just moved to Colorado. I stayed in VA because I just got engaged.  By the time they got to CO, she was full blown gone.  She had to be watched 24 hours a day because she would run away, get ahold of...
    csparks csparks 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 10, 2008

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    My Mum Too

    I've going this group and already I can feel a lump in my throat. My Mum was diagnosed with alzhiemers back in 2006 and it's been a rollercoaster ever since. She and I never really had a mother / daughter relationship which has simultaneously made things easier and harder, she...
    Foreveronly Foreveronly 31-35, F Dec 29, 2012

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    Mum Has Alzheimer's

    My mother has been in a nursing home, with Alzheimer's, for eight years now.  She herself made the decision to go, for which I am very grateful to have been spared.  She is 88 now, and I am 61, and my husband is in his 70's.  Here we are, seniors looking after...
    NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F 5 Responses Apr 14, 2008

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    Lost My Mom 2 Years Ago...

    I lost my mom to Alzheimer's two years ago after caring for her at home for 7 years.  She spent the last 4 months in assisted living and one morning, I got the call that she was not doing well.  I spent two days in her room with Hospice  helping take care of her. They started...
    sampatch sampatch 56-60, F 2 Responses Jan 3, 2012

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    I Will Walk With You

    Everything dies. we know for fact that nothing last. The most beautiful flower, eventually withers. The strongest hurricane, dissolves .The biggest empires , have crumbled. Even the happiest soul, eventually is gone. Her hair have grown gray and her juvenile spirit have decay...
    Dyoniza Dyoniza 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    Dealing With My Mother's Alzheimer's

    I wrote this for another blog last week and think it might be worth repeating.   Many of our peers are probably in a similar position as my sibling and me.  We have an aging parent afflicted with Alzheimer’s, this insidious disease robs our loved ones of...
    oldbaldguy oldbaldguy 70+, M 2 Responses Feb 13, 2010

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    My mom has cancer. She was diagnosed a year ago, but recently it got worse. She's in pain, but trying to make normal voice while talking to me. She's far away and I can't be there...
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    I worked as a coordinator for Alzheimer's clients for many years, and i have learned a lot. Now my heart can't stop helping by donating and walking to support.
    BicurMe BicurMe 31-35, F Mar 30

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    I was just diagnosed with Forestier's Disease or DISH...Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosisin in my lower spine. I've had weakness in my legs, lower back for the past 4...
    halley888 halley888 46-50, F Mar 26

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    I think I might have Cushing's Disease. Looking for someone who can explain what they went through with this.
    Jackson2033 Jackson2033 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    My mother is amazing! Her sister ( my auntie) was diagnosed with a brain tumour and it was awful my family has already been struggling. It was tough on everyone especially her...
    Luce13579 Luce13579 16-17, F Apr 12

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    Its my daughter that has Dariers, inherited from her dad she is now 12 but was showing symptoms at 2!! she has topical ointments and washes to use but obviously its v hard for her...
    exhaustedx10 exhaustedx10 41-45, F Mar 28

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    Today is the first anniversary of my mother's death, and I have been thinking about her all day. I miss her so much. My life has been miserable without her. I would spend all of...
    s4019t s4019t 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    I need to share my story and get some advice. My mother was a seventeen year old when she married my dad. As far as I know she didn't love him. According to her she wanted to call...
    Bellamae Bellamae 41-45, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I was first diagnosed when I was about 10 and I am now almost 35. I have been treated with many different forms of both topical ointments and oral steroids over the years...
    RizzB RizzB 31-35, F Mar 27

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    I thought a lot as a child that it always felt a bit different with me and my mother. I could cry whine etc. until the sun came down and she'd either ignore me or reprimand me and...
    Ananananan12 Ananananan12 22-25 Apr 4

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    I started having severe migraines at the end of 2008, but I was dealing with it. In June of 2009 I ended up at the hospital I couldn't take it anymore. They did blood work and an...
    rascal1974 rascal1974 36-40, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    My name is Gordn .I am in my mid 50s ,single and suffer parkinsons.I live alone and I worry about the future and being alone.More than anything I want to share my life with someone...
    Gordane Gordane 51-55, M 6 days ago

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    I was diagnosed a few months ago after a severe vertigo made me fall and crack my skull. I had just been living with it. But at work I found it was getting very difficult to hear...
    kristy31415 kristy31415 22-25, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    As usual I don't know where to start this, but I have to find relief somehow and writing always seems like the best solution. My husband and I have been married for 7 years (it'll...
    factsarefacts factsarefacts 26-30 2 Responses Mar 30

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    Am I wrong for wanting her to quit the only thing that brings her happiness? It's hard having a mom that loses her mind for fun, she says "it's my medicine" But obviously she's not...
    Britt4ny Britt4ny 70+, F Mar 30

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    It sucks when you're ignored by the person whose attention is the only thing you want in the world. Ever since this girl first walked into our school, I couldn’t take my eyes...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 2

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    So I moved in with my boyfriend into a very small apartment about two years ago. A year ago we moved into a small house (much more space). The house was occupied by his brother and...
    UpsideTown UpsideTown 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I was with the same woman for 22 years we have three kids together and I am divorced as of last week she has had three affairs in our 21 year marriage I still love her I am deeply...
    ichael70 ichael70 41-45, M 4 Responses Mar 30

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    I dated this guy in 2010-12 , he cheated on me all the time and I would always take him back so finally I gave up, but I still had feelings for him, a month or so later he calls to...
    imsoindecisive imsoindecisive 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    As much as I try not to have it happens my ex-crush keeps appearing in my dreams. The latest one is weird because I was shaving his chin...I won't get that close to him again. Even...
    meleternal meleternal 26-30, F Apr 12

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    My stepdad. He was diagnosed with lung cancer not long after I came back to California after having lived in North Dakota for seven months, about two months ago. It's stage 3...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F 7 hrs ago

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    I never thought I could love someone as much I loved him. He have me 6 months of happiness, we argued and fought. But he Actually loved me. He was my first, and I was his. We told...
    sewellerica07 sewellerica07 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    My boyfriend is 17 and is bipolar we have a long distance relationship and I love him so much he is the first guy I have ever felt this strong about. I am bisexual so to fall for...
    deadspiritied deadspiritied 13-15, F Mar 30

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    You see, I fell in love with a girl.. We've been having on and off fights for 3 years since we've met. It's mostly because I'm selfish and all I ever cared for was myself. Now we...
    IzzyTheGreat IzzyTheGreat 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    She texts me every single time she's drunk. And it's so ******* hard to pretend that I don't care. I miss her so ******* much, and I love her to death.
    Amidala97 Amidala97 16-17, F Apr 15

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    So I started talking to this guy late June of last year. He was great and I fell for him very fast. I got into a very bad car accident and was lucky to get out of it with no severe...
    Rachellie Rachellie 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I know it's over...I do. I know that whatever we had, that connection, is now gone. I know that it will never be like that again. I'm trying not to contact you for silly reasons...
    Arcavala Arcavala 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 9

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    She's just so Amazing to me... Her hair always looks great! She's gorgeous! She love's sports! She has a smile that will make the meanest a##hole, turn to mush! Xoxox #1 fan
    mreatitup mreatitup 31-35, M Mar 31

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    This girl was my best friend from sixth grade to sophomore year of high school. I moved my junior year and she never even bothered to call, write, text. I was so confused and...
    karijune karijune 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 4

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