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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    It's hard to get used to having to choose between all the little things you do in a day that you take for granted. This morning I walked to the shower (behind the wheelchair) and...
    ncbarr ncbarr 31-35, F Mar 8

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    I love getting lost to Eminem's 2000 LP "Marshall Mathers."
    showworldlove showworldlove 31-35, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 7 hrs ago

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    I am passing out of high school this year. I'll be in college soon. I'm sure my grades won't be that great for I'm not the same me now. Since my very childhood I have been very...
    25mayni97 25mayni97 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    I got diagnosed in 2012 when I lost all feeling in my legs. They did not catch it in time for it to be cured, they tried but failed. I was luckily already seeing a doctor who also...
    briannanicolex briannanicolex 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    I lost my late fiancé to this awful disease. It's so hard to cope with losses to this violent type of death. Whether it be a partner, family member or friend it's never easy.
    suzannenderekh suzannenderekh 26-30, F Mar 10

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    I lost my dad at only 17. this was nearly 2 years ago, due to the onset of a disease so rare the doctors couldn't diagnose him until it was too late. he was my best friend. the...
    cindy8888 cindy8888 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 23

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    I too lost my sister to cancer, it has been one week and a day, still seems unreal. Her name was Melinda and she was only 55. she had aml leukemia. She was diagnosed in September...
    karensunfire00 karensunfire00 46-50, F Mar 11

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    My college experience has been weird to say the least... I started at a relatively big in state university, had a better time than I thought, messed around didn't keep up w/ grades...
    cstc4991 cstc4991 18-21, M Mar 22

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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 6 days ago

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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 6 days ago

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    This probably won't interest anyone here, but I will write this for my future self to compare. Here is what I currently think of my relatives: Mom- Doesn't understand me and can...
    deyada deyada 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    To be honest I know probably less than a third of my family. My dad left me when I was little so I've only met one of my grandparents on his side. My mother's family is spread...
    WhoNeedsAUsername WhoNeedsAUsername 16-17, F Mar 1

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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 5 days ago

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    my dad's side of his family is kind of annoying on FB, they are majorly religious or overly dramatic ...I'm usually pretty laid back with religion but it's every single post...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F a week ago

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    I know you're not suppose to hold grudges, but it's funny how my Dad aka ***** donor didn't have time for me when I was little. But now that he's older he wants me to make time and...
    BlackBeauty35 BlackBeauty35 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Saturday, I'm going to be at a big family get-together and I'm already dreading the questions such as "how's school?" I also feel very awkward and tense around all of those people...
    thisissamwut thisissamwut 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 3

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    Yeah I'm lost but I'm not lost because there is no destination so in some manner it's good. Just like I'm here and you're there. A destination wouldn't be bad though but hey it's...
    ForTheFallen ForTheFallen 22-25, M Mar 4

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    We were at a church picnic at a parishioners home on Lake Michigan for a cookout/party/etc. Part of the day was swimming which if you know Lake Michigan can and usually is COLD...
    steverick steverick 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 8

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    My mother and I have never been close. But she was admitted to the hospital 2 weeks ago, and now is dying. I chose to forgive her for failing as a mother years ago. But apparently...
    sml4 sml4 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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    "They're always there for you! You'd be nowhere without them!" Said every person ever to teens who hate their parents. But the sad part is that it's true. I wouldn't be anywhere...
    lunarsolar36 lunarsolar36 13-15, T 3 Responses Mar 21

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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 5 days ago

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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 5 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 4 days ago

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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 2 days ago

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    So...my car was repossessed last night. I'm so confused about my life right now. I don't understand why all of this happening to me right now. It's like I'm being punished or...
    life83 life83 26-30 Mar 10

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    I forsaw him dying and almost to the year it happened., I was in a furniture store two weeks ago and I felt like I was having a heart attack,At the same time exactly across the...
    Alanasma73 Alanasma73 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 13

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    Wow. I'm honestly amazed at how many of you there are... When I was 13 I lost my father to stage 4 esophageal cancer which eventually spread to the lungs. I have to say that the...
    kpipitone kpipitone 18-21, F a week 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 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    I haven't lived with my mom since I was 7, so about 10 yrs now. She has come in&out of my life for all these years, she runs away to go back to my abusive step dad and takes my...
    lexilove43012 lexilove43012 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    Today I found out that someone that I had once been close to had passed away. And while I may have lost this friend a long time ago because of a falling out, it just makes it hurt...
    jhnn0356 jhnn0356 18-21, F Mar 1