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I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 58 People

    Six Years Of Hell

    i just wanted to say that i had a grandmother with alzheimer's. she suffered thru it for six very long years before she passed away in 2002. maybe what hurts the most is having to watch the slow, painful descent. i was six when she first was diagnosed and twelve when she died...
    hipypapybthuthdy hipypapybthuthdy 18-21, M Aug 10, 2010

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    My Grandfather

    it hit after my grandmother died. at least that's when it got diagnosed. it changed him, obviously. his love for me didn't change, but he didn't know how to express it anymore. not like he used to, anyway. his new way of saying 'i love you' became repeated urgings not to let my...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 9 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    She Didn't Stand a Chance

    My mother died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease. It was a horrible thing to witness, and I can only guess at the terror one must feel at the realization that this disease has taken hold. Alzheimer's patients have a recognizably vacant stare; two of my friends who've also...
    JackGrey JackGrey 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 30, 2007

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    My Grandma

    My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2001. I was in fourth grade. She stayed at home with my grandpa as her care giver for about 8 years! My grandpa is such a strong man to take care of her for that long. We finally convince him she needed to be placed in a nursing home...
    HeartLikeMine10 HeartLikeMine10 22-25, F Oct 27, 2013

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    Runs In My Family

    I have 3 relatives who all had Alzheimer's  and passed away: My grandmother, her sister, and a distant cousin. My grandmother passed away many years ago, but I try to honor her memory by donating to the Alzheimer's Association. I worry that someday my mom will have to battle...
    anoday anoday 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2008

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    Worst Way To Go

    My grandmother spent the last seven years of her life as an alzheimer's patient. She was always a little bit senile and forgetful, even when she was middle-aged, according to my mum and aunty anyway. I used to spend my afternoons at my grandparents house after school since my mum...
    CashCarStar CashCarStar 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 2, 2010

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    I Don't Want To Live That Way!

    I am terrified that I am next. My grandfather and grandmother both had Alzheimer's and my grandmother is still living with it (if you can call what she is doing living.)  I watch my mother and I wonder how much longer before she is in my grandmother's shoes and then I look...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 7, 2010

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    Just This Afternoon

    my grandmother just died of alzheimer's. it finally got the better of her, just this evening. she was 93 this year. up until the last 8 years she was a crazy lady anyway. but slowly we all watched as she went downhill. she moved into an assisted living place. her care giver there...
    metalgirl99 metalgirl99 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 2008

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    Just Getting to Know Ya!

    In 2005 a relative of mine was diagnosed with Dementia. We were just forming a relation after many years of being estranged. They are now in a nursing home and withing away. It is one of the saddest things I have ever seen!  
    closedin closedin 41-45 1 Response Aug 20, 2008

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    Two Actually

    My great aunt (grandfathers sister) and my grandmother on my fathers side. It's a sad illness that took them slowly and broke every ones heart. These once independent people reduced to children who required supervision for everything. I wasn't there for most of it as their...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 27, 2008

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    My Great Grandmother

    It's been quite a while since it happened. Near the end she would only call me by my dad's name - she thought I was him at a young age. It is a tragic disease. That's really all I want to say.
    VincentValentine VincentValentine 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 27, 2011

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    Now We Can Mourn

    We buried my mother's sister today, the last of the Hunter girls. In truth, she left us six or seven years ago. Or perhaps we left her. To the last she was a striking women, carrying the beauty of her youth into her eighties, ever elegant, unfailingly polite. These things she...
    GarciaMarquez GarciaMarquez 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 9, 2011

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    She had early onset Alzheimer's.. I remember talking to her and her beautiful face just nodding because she had no idea what I was saying or who I am but she knew she loved me, she...
    Jessicaliners Jessicaliners 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 8

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    I have work full time I go to college full time and my little free time I have I need to use for homework... My grandma with Alzheimer's lives with us so I am often watching her...
    jangofett56037 jangofett56037 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    I miss my dad. Today I truly miss him. For the first time since his death in 1992, I am grieving for his loss. When he died, I didn't only lose him, I also lost myself. There's a...
    SapphireSol SapphireSol 31-35, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I love getting lost to Eminem's 2000 LP "Marshall Mathers."
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    I am freaking out, I am witnessing how I lose myself So this week it was my first time going to college. I expected it to go terribly, with me wanting to escape and feel...
    AZChomp644 AZChomp644 18-21, M 10 hrs ago

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    Jaymes Young - Hold You Down Sometimes it takes a little bleedin' To remind me I'm alive I know both our hearts are broken But baby you don't know how hard I've tried People come...
    AlricVirgil AlricVirgil 26-30, M 3 hrs ago

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    one summer, when i was 14, i went to my friend's house for a swimming party. there were only girls there which made it slightly better, but still mortifying. i was sitting in a...
    ouatgurl13 ouatgurl13 22-25, F 20 hrs ago

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    I'm a great driver, never had an accident, never had a citation until last winter when I was lost in a snowstorm at night with bad headlights and I couldn't see the stop sign...
    Ladd620 Ladd620 46-50, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Not on the right path, but which is? And this weekend consisted of my relatives giving me advice about how to behave and what to do when I'm over there. Everyone is looking...
    AZChomp644 AZChomp644 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    When I was 16 my mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, on that day life as I knew it changed...my relationship with her had been tumultuous for years, but she was my Mom and I...
    cindy822000 cindy822000 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    I was 14 when my Mum died. She died suddenly of ischemic heart disease. I watched her die which was horrible. I would love to have a relationship with her now i'm an adult...
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F Mar 26

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    When I say relatives, I mean my sister. She is about a year older and we both love each other, but ...Whenever I play games, she snaps at me saying "Thats not homework!!" With the...
    Roverload Roverload 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 27

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    I am 24 years old female married at age 21 got my daughter at 22, was happily living with my In laws well taken care of, My husband and i separate 16 months now for the past three...
    amandapersaud amandapersaud 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    It's taken me a long time to get around to writing this letter. I've been putting it off for years, to be honest. I suppose that I was waiting for you to get in touch with me. An...
    courtney24850 courtney24850 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 14

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    I was in an unhappy marriage, we lost a son 22 years ago and had a daughter straight after. But our marriage took a nose dive, but we managed to live harmoniously for another 14...
    lifesabitchagain lifesabitchagain 61-65, M Mar 27

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    I was in an unhappy marriage, we lost a son 22 years ago and had a daughter straight after. But our marriage took a nose dive, but we managed to live harmoniously for another 14...
    lifesabitchagain lifesabitchagain 61-65, M Mar 27

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    So Easter get together went as well as could be expected. I stayed away from everyone but my grand kids and nephews but don't think I didn't pay for it today. I caught hell from...
    bemyfrnd01 bemyfrnd01 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I don't know what I want to do with my life, i have no clue where to start either, it feels kind of like everything i ever felt before has been wiped out and as much as i try to...
    lostinthisworld45 lostinthisworld45 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    Sometimes I get lost… Waking up… I find myself Caught in a morning dream… Yes, wide awake, yet still I am off someplace far from here Restless in an empty bed.. I just can...
    nocool nocool 41-45, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Sometimes I end up lost on an island in the sea of nowhereWaiting for rescuewaiting to be taken away from the sands of despair Lost in my mind flyingI go tracing back to reach...
    nocool nocool 41-45, M 1 Response a week ago

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    So, I know everyone has parent problems.. But what should I do if my mother is the reason I want to kill myself..? I've tried telling her nicely and respectfully that she's hurting...
    DementedKarkat DementedKarkat 13-15, T 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    For as long as I can remember I had felt....a little different than others. I didn't care about most things. I didn't want or need much social activities. I had, and still have, a...
    secretlyhonest1 secretlyhonest1 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 28

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    i feel like highschool has just ****** me up.before it i was more energetic,more willing to have fun and was rebel.i was much more happier and i was not so anxious like now.now i'm...
    forkinyoureye forkinyoureye 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    We all have lost someone in our lives, someone we loved, someone we cared about and someone who cared about us. And i dont mean losing by them being gone. I mean losing by them...
    Mrumerk Mrumerk 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Ever since moving to Dallas last year I have drifted apart from my family. They all still live close to each other but I feel like they resent me for wanting to get away from the...
    SassyGirl923 SassyGirl923 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 13

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    My life looks like going smoothly, like everything is ok, but the truth is not. I smile so big that no one would questioned if I am happy with my life. But the truth is. My...
    myleslus myleslus 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 16

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    I love you in ways I am not sure you will ever knowI just don’t have the words or understand any way to showSuch innocence I wash myselfAs I drift away lost in thoughts of...
    nocool nocool 41-45, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    How do I find myself again? My head is in the clouds. I don't know what I am meant to do and I don't know what I want anymore. I am confused with what my purpose is or whether I...
    Mela22 Mela22 22-25, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    sometimes I want to try going to a different church maybe it would be easier, I wouldn't have so many relatives or held expectations
    thaliameaganli thaliameaganli 16-17, F 21 hrs ago

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    Almost two years ago I lost my Mother to cancer and it took a toll on me. It was soo sudden and by the time they found out that she had it she was already in stage 4. We found out...
    naturalwoman2 naturalwoman2 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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