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I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 59 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    I had a wonderful Grammy who had Alzheimer's. She was my second mom, and the best there ever was. Alzheimer's is a nasty disease, I remember about a month before she passed I sent...
    DancesWithUnicorns DancesWithUnicorns 22-25, F May 22

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    My step-dad has early onset Alzheimer's. Its been really hard on my family, especially my mom. In just three short years he has lost his job, he can no longer drive any more, he...
    HopeInConstruction HopeInConstruction 18-21, F 1 Response May 4

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    I have this condition. This chronic sickness. It’s called the dreamers disease because I dream. Dream of a an illusory world that resides only in my imagination. I am a writer...
    thesontheheir thesontheheir 26-30, M May 21

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    I was diagnosed with Kienbock's last month. I will be seeing my hand/wrist specialist on the 9th of June to find out what stage I am in. My kd pain started when I was about 5 or 6...
    Pumpkin1421 Pumpkin1421 26-30, F 6 days ago

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    I work in a ltcf, most days I have a love hate relationship with it. If it weren't for some of my coworkers it wouldn't be so bad, on the other hand when I work with my team its...
    DancesWithUnicorns DancesWithUnicorns 22-25, F May 22

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    I lied to my crush (let's call him Aaron) about my dad being in the hospital and needing money for medicine. He gave me like $20. Lied to my friend (let's call her Jessica) for...
    mizzhourglassshapequeen mizzhourglassshapequeen 22-25, F 59 mins ago

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    I am a girl in my 20s. 2 years ago I lost something in me which resulted in making me unhappy, lonely and negative person. I used to be more active, motivated, positive and happier...
    Gady222 Gady222 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    I have a friend. A guy. We're like so close. Best friends. You know this one friend is kinda changing these days and I just dont have any idea of whats goin on. It's like he's...
    RandyBastille RandyBastille 18-21, M 5 hrs ago

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    My whole life I have been brainwashed by the stupid ideals and opinions of the teachers who ran the Baptist school I went to from frost grade til 8th grade. They taught to me that...
    xxyourblackdahliaxx xxyourblackdahliaxx 18-21 3 Responses May 3

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    I can say that I am a person who lived a miserable life. I am not writing this out of pity, but I just want to get this off my chest. It started when I was a baby. My parents are...
    redsilver26 redsilver26 18-21, F 3 Responses May 14

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    both my parents have passed away, I have a "brother" problems during childhood created resentment towards me, My uncle stays away from everyone too, my aunt lives too far away, the...
    couriousinmo couriousinmo 51-55, M 2 Responses May 16

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    Have you ever gone out clubbing, went into a bar or pub, been to a concert or just an outdoor park where a local band is playing and just listened, felt the music enter your soul...
    sensualbeauty1 sensualbeauty1 46-50, F 1 Response May 24

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    I lost my Dad to cancer one week ago. It was on May 20, 2015 my Dad had been battling bladder cancer for 17 years. And on Wednesday night he lost his battle. I hate cancer it just...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F 6 days ago

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    I'm in my last year of college. Lately I figure that there's no Best Friends in life. Best friends are those who can accept you as who you are, as the whole package of you! The...
    RandyBastille RandyBastille 18-21, M 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I believe that those of us who have lost someone to cancer should stick together. We understand each other. We share the pain, anger, sadness, disbelief. I believe that we can help...
    unpredictableprediction unpredictableprediction 22-25, F 1 Response May 11

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    Yesterday I lost my cat. I... I loved him so much. I can't believe it. He died of heart disease no one knew about. Such a sudden and unexpected death. Just why??? WHY??? I feel so...
    demoisellecapulet demoisellecapulet 18-21, F 6 Responses May 22

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    Background : When I was a teen I lived with relatives on farm, all of us had chores. Phil and I were teens 14, his older brother Daren 17 liked experimenting on his younger brother...
    JimmyBenson JimmyBenson 41-45, M 3 Responses May 9

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    My mother is terminal. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour about 4 1/2 years ago. I was 9 at the time and I didn't know that people pretty much always die from that kind of...
    Wildheart919 Wildheart919 13-15, F May 12

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    I feel like what little friends I have are all leaving to start a new chapter in their life. One guy, one that I reeeeally like ( although I'm pretty sure the feeling isn't mutual...
    olliebuddy olliebuddy 18-21, F 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    The strangest thing about unconsciousness is surely the way it annihilates our world. We always experience the world from our point of view: we can't really imagine a world without...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M 6 hrs ago

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    I wanted so much to stand before you and stare into your eyes Study the contours of your chiseled jaw and your beautiful lips I wanted so much feel your arms around me To feel...
    MsInvis MsInvis 46-50, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    It changed everything, forever. I was 18 and she was less than two months old when shaken to death by her dad. She would be sixteen this year and I've spent so much of my life...
    cherk03 cherk03 31-35, F 1 hr ago

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    I'm feeling so defeated. I've been battling some health issues (presenting as autoimmune disorder) since last August and been through half a dozen doctors now with almost as many...
    Silc Silc 26-30, F May 8

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    I'm losing my boyfriend to a disease and I can't deal please help me
    heatheridk heatheridk 16-17, F May 26

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    My relatives are scattered. Some live in Russia , some in Armenia , some in ohio, and ones I probably haven't met or don't know exist (like the one i heard them whispering about...
    SoleExecutioner SoleExecutioner 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    when people ask why I lost my faith I tell them because I lost my gf while trying to be a good brother to my dying sister.then they say so you will only have faith if you get...
    skykidx1 skykidx1 22-25, M 3 Responses May 3

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    February 17 2000- Early on this morning,two police officers showed up at the club I was dancing at(don't judge me!) and ask "Are you the mother of J------ Martin-Zecharias?". That...
    CocoaBelle CocoaBelle 41-45, F May 24

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    Well, here's the next installment. Last night my Dad almost had a freakout because I did not put the window A/C units in yet. (It's May 5, for crying out loud) We've had a day or 2...
    Looking4AnswrsinNJ Looking4AnswrsinNJ 56-60, M 1 Response May 5

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    For a short while I had some sense of direction. I had an idea of what I wanted from life, from myself and I was beginning to figure out how to make it all come to life. I got lost...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses May 15

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    So today my boss scheduled a call with me. Now I knew something was up as this guy only ever calls me whenever he freaking remembers he has not called me. He called me up and...
    ForgottenMale ForgottenMale 26-30, M May 16

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