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I Have a Mother Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

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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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    My family has known for a while

    that our mother has the early onset on Alzheimer's and we have watched her quickly go down hill. Early yesterday she called us and told us that my father was in the hospital (he has dementia) and she was trying to find her address book so she could contact her parents (my...
    ColumbiaTiger ColumbiaTiger 41-45, M 1 Response a week ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My Mom was the most beautiful,

    charming, intelligent, witty person I knew. She had spirit and fierce independence. I was not the best daughter and she was not the best at "mothering." Things were not so great at times. This disease started to take her 2 years ago. It affects 1 in 6 women and 1 in 11 men. The...
    Kathy0120 Kathy0120 51-55, F May 11

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Hi everyone; I have posted a couple responses here, I am very familiar with PA Mothers now. I decided to share my story and see if anyone can relate to mine. For a brief...
    XXwoundedXX XXwoundedXX 51-55, F 5 days ago

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    Yesterday, something happened to me that scared the crap out of me. For more than ten years, I have had Ménière's disease. I was shopping in Target when I was suddenly hit with...
    scottdavidsmith scottdavidsmith 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    My first post about my passive aggressive mother, an explanation: EP Link I've been doing some research on passive aggressiveness and found that it's an actual personality...
    Cupcakes95 Cupcakes95 36-40, F Aug 28

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    My fiancé has Multiple Sclerosis and he's 27 years old. I plan to marry him and start a family. I want to start my life before the disease gets worst. I know what MS does to a...
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F Aug 19

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    I'm 55 and a 22-year survivor of ovarian cancer. I'm also a 55-year survivor of a passive-aggressive mother. My mom had a pretty tough childhood, and I am sad to know the awful...
    Katsez01 Katsez01 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 28

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    I first developed a rash on both of my arms in 2008. Since then I have seen 9 doctors and the 9th doctor was the first one who could identify the rash. He told me there is no...
    Anstead Anstead 70+, F 3 days ago

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    Today was the APDA Parkinson's Walk in Seattle. It was a pretty good turn out. In total the walk raised almost $26,000 for Parkinson's research. Personally I was able to raise...
    LifeinWoodinville LifeinWoodinville 41-45, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hello. It has been quite some time since I've posted anything and this is usually my go-to thing for whenever I get an overload of anxiety, such as right now. Well, I have long...
    InconvenientHeart InconvenientHeart 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    At 19 years old, I am only now realizing that my mother is extremely passive aggressive. I have always felt oppressed by her and her emotional ups and downs, but am just now...
    hopeful1995 hopeful1995 18-21 3 Responses Sep 11

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    I know that my mother did drugs while I was a kid I was never informed which ones. I know she was and most likely still is an alcoholic as well. Recently after visiting where she...
    Marie240 Marie240 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 1

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    I had Grover's on my back and chest. Real itchy. My dermatologist prescribed Triamcinopone Acetonide. Expensive and it didn't seem to help much. I had an old bottle of Calamine...
    mrbob8 mrbob8 70+ 3 days ago

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    She expects me to read her mind when it comes to her wants and needs. If she wants or needs something, and I am busy with something else, she becomes very sarcastic and martyr...
    RTPerry RTPerry 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 11

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      My name is Marie and I am 13 years old. I have a 15 year old sister that's bipolar. Everyday she is really mean to me and she says horrible things. She hits me, screams at...
    Miragesnow Miragesnow 13-15, F Aug 19

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    My father accepts me for my sexuality. He has since the start more over the fact he was aware from tiny hints since I was young.. I understand why he wants me a bit cautious...
    romeo27 romeo27 13-15, M 6 days ago

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    A drinking problem. I sit in my room and hear her yell. I tell her to stop. She doesn't. She's gonna get us kicked out. Except if she does that, atleast her and my siblings have a...
    blueeyesx0 blueeyesx0 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 1

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    a boy loves me.he is 5 year's elder than me.before knowing that he loves me i and he is friends.on one april fool,he fool me by telling he loves me.i dn't belive i tell to him to...
    aarcha33 aarcha33 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 9

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    Today is my birthday & I thank God for allowing me to see 32 years & many more to come!! Thru all of the trials & tribulations I'm still standing and that's only thru the grace of...
    bubblysunshine bubblysunshine 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    April 20 is also my former wedding anniversary and also hitler's birthday.
    claresparkle claresparkle 66-70, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    Well, want to know is maybe pushing it, but I'm certainly curious if nothing else. Anyway, mine's 27th January.
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Anyone Born On October 14 so far I know one person and she's my best friend
    TimePrincess TimePrincess 13-15, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Show me... June 5th! That's my birthday. Anyone else?
    JamaltheMedic JamaltheMedic 16-17, M a week ago

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    The 7th of the 7th anyone? Never met one other than myself :) That's July 7 bye X'D
    iamnoor iamnoor 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    it's 16 of january :),anyone else same as me.??
    xandrays xandrays 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    I wish I could talk to my Aspie husband about the issues I have with our relationship, but as soon as I say anything, he gets so defensive and turns it back on me or becomes...
    TiffanyPerkins TiffanyPerkins 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 9

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    I wanna be a true hippie with no cares <3 I've always had long hair, but in 2012 I chopped off 13 inches for World Humanitarian Day. No regrets but it was a bit to get used to...
    xxXxSkyxXxx xxXxSkyxXxx 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 21