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I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 52 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    This is kind of mind-blowing considering my "past". I've lost count of the people I've been with unprotected (I've stopped doing that in high school, became wiser than that...
    IngensImpetum IngensImpetum 18-21, M 10 hrs ago

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    Easy to say, but someone can be disrespectful to you over and over and over again...and we keep holding on. My once best friend is one of the meanest people to me, he abandoned me...
    JanetHime JanetHime 16-17, F 2 hrs ago

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    I have grown in many ways yet I struggle with my loneliness and when I compare with others, I beat myself up. Also worried where I am going, though i think this yr will b fine...
    Kletsgo Kletsgo 26-30, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I lost both my mom and dad within two years of each other in the past 5 years. I am an only, and I had to do everything. no will, etc. all was unexpected. I was a premature so...
    prashworth1953 prashworth1953 61-65, F Dec 31, 2014

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    If I had to be honest, the only relative I'm close to is my grandma. I don't even know 99% my relatives' names. Also, I am invited to parties, then no one talks to me and I'm the...
    plasticnarwhals plasticnarwhals 13-15, F 6 Responses Jan 2

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    Uncle Adam There are a lot of alcoholics in my family, including my father, now sober. But the first in our family to be recognised for this disease was my uncle, Adam. He was...
    PersonalGenesis PersonalGenesis 22-25, F Jan 7

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    Bleh, I’m utterly and completely tired of presenting the friendly aspects of my personality to people in my life who are if not complete arseholes, pretty close to that category...
    morea morea 22-25, F 6 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    Muslim Women’s Network chair: ‘A lot of women are suffering in silence’ As the head of a national charity for Muslim women, Shaista Gohir is determined to give voice to those...
    sogdianrock sogdianrock 51-55, M 5 days ago

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    For some reason, out of the blue, I was offered se_x from women that's in serious and long relationships with my close relatives. I never gave any kind of signs that i wanted to...
    Icanhelpjustask Icanhelpjustask 26-30, M Jan 2

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    Except for my parents, all of my relatives live out of state. I only see them once in a while, and I'm not close with any of them. I'm close with my parents, but that's it. I'm an...
    chilldude82 chilldude82 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    I've lost a usb before. I've lost an essay before when I was in middle of writing it. I've even lost diamonds in minecraft because I died in lava. These kind of "small" losses...
    dorichips dorichips 16-17, F Jan 5

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    So, A few years back, I didn't really care about music at all. In fourth grade we wrote a yearbook and when it came to writing favorite bands, I left the field blank because i...
    JurassicTimes JurassicTimes 18-21 1 Response Jan 12

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    Before I begin positing about my experiences, I'd like the world to know where I am at and where I have been. After my father passed away in 1994 (I was 2 and my sister turned 1...
    SamRoberts3 SamRoberts3 22-25, M Jan 14

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    I met Noah and his brother in 2013. We were both in a dark place in our lives and pretty lost. His brother simon was the most beautiful person in the world and kept us both...
    MindlessMatters MindlessMatters 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 16

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    It's all about my one cousin and how perfect he is anyway. With them you only exist until someone who actually matters comes into the room which means my cousins or anyone but me...
    StupidRobert StupidRobert 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    Seven years ago today, I had an 11 year old baby and a toddler. I had a tense Christmas time with my then husband stressed out with his mother on the phone on the other side of the...
    LilHills LilHills 46-50, F Jan 2

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    While I am close to my parents that is about it. I have two brothers, older is an ******* who doesn't communicate with my parents but does with the rest of my mom's family, they...
    funnyquirky funnyquirky 36-40, M 4 Responses Jan 7

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    So my brother is 9 years older than me and he's gay. I walked in on him last night and his bf and him were having sex...nasty as fuckkk.
    SarahNicole269 SarahNicole269 18-21, F 8 Responses Jan 10

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    I miss my mum everyday! It's been 3 years going on 4 since she left. I'm still not over it. Everytime I play a memory of her in my head, I'll daze off then cry. When she passed...
    moonela moonela 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    Fate has been very cruel to both my husband and me. I lost my two precious angels to a lethal lung disorder called alveolar capillary dysplasia. We have an elder daughter named...
    catherinesingh15 catherinesingh15 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 11

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    Fate has been very cruel to both my husband and me. I lost my two precious angels to a lethal lung disorder called alveolar capillary dysplasia. We have an elder daughter named...
    catherinesingh15 catherinesingh15 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 11

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    We laughed, cried, smiled, played, fought together. He was my sunshine. He made me happy he showed me a new kind of love. A love that I never experienced. It has been a few months...
    Miriam212 Miriam212 16-17, F Jan 2

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    I was in love once. Actually twice. And I lost both of them. In different ways. The first was when I was 19. Even though I was young, it was not typical teen puppy love. Nor was...
    ManinNY ManinNY 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    I was young when I lost the love of my life, to young, I thought I didn't even know what love was. But its been almost 3 years now (in a couple weeks) that I lost him. I am now...
    livingwithlife livingwithlife 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 17

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    This is the story when a book is lost or something. I always Tell my friends I know it's somewhere in this building. If we are lost I say we arnt that lost because we are here XD
    ForTheFallen ForTheFallen 22-25, M a week ago

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    My experience started the end of summer starting my sophomore year. My family moved as we just lost our house. The house my parents rented had a guy living next door that was a bit...
    princesskimber princesskimber 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I haven't written a thing in a month. I have had no words to say, just dealing with myfeelings. Yes, my feelings, are all over the place like an abandoned animal left to fendon its...
    bemyvalentine bemyvalentine 56-60, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have had family members overcome Cancer and beat it, but I have also lost family members from it too. A few years ago, I lost my grandmother. She had stage 3 bone cancer, and...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    It has been a year today since I lost my grandfather it's such a bitter sweet time... I miss him and stories and jokes he would share... The day I lost him my parents disowned me...
    Gaffa1234 Gaffa1234 22-25, F Dec 29, 2014

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    I started out this year 2015 feeling so utterly lost.....not a good feeling to have at the start of a brand new year. My life feels like a train wreck. Last year was a very...
    ConfessionsOfALostGurl ConfessionsOfALostGurl 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 1

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    Ok there's alot I'm feeling so I'm just typing what I'm thinking. Not in any order... Ok so I hate being told what to do. And I feel all my life that's all anyone ever does. I...
    LizC815 LizC815 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    I lost 150 lbs. The girlfriend I had at the time, who I met after losing the weight, every time we'd get into a fight she'd call me fat, or say something like, I guess that's why...
    albloomfield albloomfield 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 7

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