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I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 59 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Sep 9, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I haven't always made the best choices but I've been on a good life path. My sister is a recovering meth addict and has been an on and off addict for about six years. My mother is...
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    My younger sister committed suicide on May 11, 2015. I need to say that she was an alcoholic/addict and I am an alcoholic/addict that has been in recovery for a few years now. I...
    rwgh79 rwgh79 31-35, M 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    * A disease known is half cured. * A drowing man will catch at astraw. * If something moves and is green=Biology; If something smells bad=Chemistry; If something doesn't function...
    be2u be2u 36-40, M 2 days ago

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    Only my Dad's Side because they feel that they are so much better than me with all that Materlistic ****. Look down on you because your not kissing their behinds Never
    yvettemae48 yvettemae48 46-50, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Except my Aunt & Uncle... Out of, like, 15 aunts & uncles. =) Just a few in my family that I feel free to fully be me with. And I'm working on that, I am. But, yeah, it's been...
    AdoraGel AdoraGel 31-35, F 3 days ago

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    I don't know....reading all the stories here...makes me feel I was never really even friends with my best friend. I mean we never actually met. Except for once. Never before or...
    stabbedtoceasersalad stabbedtoceasersalad 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I lost him just recently. I'm still mourning him of course. The day after I found out, I wanted so hard to believe that he wasn't gone. That I could just sent him a text and he'll...
    TrapQueen19 TrapQueen19 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Well here's the deal. I have a relatively new friend that I've been hanging out with for a couple months now and he's a heroine addict. Now I knew this going in, and believe me in...
    goatonicon goatonicon 36-40, M 5 days ago

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    My only family is my mom. The rest are either racist, abusive, or just too far away. I always wanted a big and close family. My boyfriend's family is very close, and sometimes I...
    healedbydamage healedbydamage 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    What can you do when all hope is gone? Nothing or no one can help you in any way. What is happiness? Were those moments happiness? Or were they mere illusions? Is happiness within...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain 22-25, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Here's a story for you. ;) I had a best friend (D). We've been friends for about 10 years. We had good and bad times, that's just normal and our friendship survived them all...
    INFJRyan INFJRyan 16-17, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    I lost my dad when I was four. It's been over ten years and I can't remember much about him. I feel like there's a hole in my life without him. Although I know there is no reason...
    CrystalW926 CrystalW926 13-15, F Jul 24

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    My father has late stage Alzheimer's. He fell on June 17th and had to have a pacemaker put in. When he fell he hit his head and got a subdural hematoma.He was in a skilled...
    amazingdream amazingdream 46-50, F Jul 23

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    After reading some of the posts on here I'm realizing this is probably going to sound weird, not the "I Never Lost My Virginity" part...but the part about me being 45. Part of the...
    Bizarredot Bizarredot 41-45, M Jul 23

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    On April 28th 2014 I met a sweet girl from America. On June 23 2015 I lost her. she was the greatest friend I've ever had and I loved her like a sister we used to talk all day...
    AlwaysGonnaBHere4You AlwaysGonnaBHere4You 22-25, M Jul 23

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    The title of this says it all really, I mean there's not much more to say than I lost my virginity to somebody who really wasn't that bit special. At the time he was perfect, he...
    amberblueford15 amberblueford15 13-15, F Jul 23

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    While technically I have family/relatives I don't claim them anymore. After my father and mother was gone (passed away) I lost what family I claimed. Most of the rest of the...
    vovine123 vovine123 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 22

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    I think I lost my best friend. we used to do everything together. And in the last week she has disappeared from my life. I only get texts from her saying she's hanging out with...
    Smurfette1 Smurfette1 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 22

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    My mother has told me in a roundabout way it's ok if I die as long as I don't kill myself. That way the insurance policy she has on me covers my death. So I sit here now and wonder...
    Rdmthoughts Rdmthoughts 31-35, M 5 Responses Jul 22

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    I lose friends..my friends online..most (if not all) of them I guess. How do I say this.. I always knew that people change, that both the way we view them and the way they view us...
    Junderbalt Junderbalt 18-21, M Jul 22

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    my boyfriend and i have been dating for 7 month and he still gets iffy when i touch his phone...not for even 30 seconds..i dont think he's cheating on me or anything but he do talk...
    Ebtitel001 Ebtitel001 22-25, F Jul 21

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    I started school again two days ago and since yesterday I've began to feel lost and this emptiness inside. I feel good when I'm at school but when I come out it feels as if...
    DifferentbyNature DifferentbyNature 18-21, F Jul 21

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    When I was 13 I knew this guy his name was David and our moms were friends and stuff so we'd see each other a lot. Well one day we went down to my basement and he said you should...
    Loser5lyfe Loser5lyfe 22-25, F Jul 20

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    I lost 8LBS in 4 days. I've been trying for years on end, and suddenly I start this new drug and bam. I lose weight. I'm still 19 lBS too heavy, I want to be 90-100 LBS. maybe it's...
    kenzieburr kenzieburr 16-17, F Jul 18

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    I have lost 8LbS in 4 Days on my new medication. I've been trying for yeeeears to lose weight. Then I start this drug and it's instant. Maybe it's because I don't want to eat and...
    kenzieburr kenzieburr 16-17, F Jul 18

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    Yesterday morning, I remember that I put my headset, tissue and hand wipes inside my locker. Then, when I arrived inside the locker area, I was surprised that my headset, tissue...
    RyAnne10 RyAnne10 26-30, F Jul 17

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    My mother passed away due to cancer a year ago and knowing she's not here anymore is still unbearable till this day. Never in my life would i have thought she'd leave so soon, she...
    shyygirl01 shyygirl01 18-21, F 12 Responses Jul 16

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    what's on my mind right now.. I don't fit in no matter what, this sounds different but.. when I see people/humans I don't understand, it's like I'm looking at another lifeform, as...
    MsXXV MsXXV 16-17, F Jul 16

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    Once there was this girl named Marilyn. Marilyn came to school one day and noticed a boy sitting alone in the cafeteria. She noticed the boy who used to walk around the halls...
    SinSpitter SinSpitter 18-21, M Jul 15

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