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I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 54 People

    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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    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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    "Unraveling" written by Liz Longley

    Lyrics Boxes and baskets of all her old things Porcelain dolls, portrait paintings She swore they'd be worth something They're just gathering dust in my attic somewhere And she's lost in a room where she sits and she stares Her mind as blank as the walls Her memory as...
    lp1989 lp1989 22-25, F Nov 25

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    It is on thanksgiving

    that I usually feel a little saddened and empty. Over 10 years ago, my grandma who had always lived with me became more ill. It was known to the family she had the disease but on that year thanksgiving day, she was all dressed up, we used to dress formally for out dinner. She...
    Hellokittybbgrl Hellokittybbgrl 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 26

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    My Mom Lost the Struggle

     Over 10 years and finally, it was over for her.  She didn't know who I or her husband were but she was mild mannered (which was a real change for her) at the end.  She finally died of pneumonia but had left us 10 years before that.  Next month it will be 3...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Dec 26, 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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...
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    I miss you so much M. I loved you so much! You were so wrong for me, so bad for me, but I loved you. I still do. I miss your dark ways. I miss you corrupting my soul. You...
    stolenartistalways stolenartistalways 31-35, F Dec 16

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    I said mom we get along pretty good right? How would you compare it if I would I'd be a good replacement for (__someone who moved away__) if I lived around here? Mom: ...That...
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    "I'd like to get lost in the darkest corners of your mind". When I wrote her this line, I was lost, lost in life. One day you wake up and realise your life has past by and you...
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    I dont know what's wrong with me but Its like I can't talk to my dad... I love my dad, he's a great guy. He does the best he can to make me and my family happy and doesn't ask for...
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    So I have been the only child for 16 years and just last year my mom had a baby and everything just happened so quickly . The past 3 years my mom has been with my sisters' father...
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    Year ago, I met possibly the best friend I ever had online on a gaming website. We spent months and months supporting each other, having laughs and knowing how good we are as...
    DearAgony13 DearAgony13 18-21, M Dec 12

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    I lost her when i was 7, that was 8 years ago. It really doesn't seem like it's been that long since i heard her voice or since i was safely wrapped in her arms. I lost her to...
    lorenbee lorenbee 13-15, F Dec 19

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    her son was demonically possessed they thought that her son was crazy.They are wrong about it. Because i myself saw that guy levitate down the stairs when he is chasing me. I was...
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    (please excuse any typographical errors, illogical sentence structuring, or just plain illogicality in general. At the time of my posting of this, it was rather late relative to my...
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    It's almost Christmas. God I hate Christmas. It use to be this magical time of the year. Rachel and I would be cooking for days in advance. This will be the second Christmas. With...
    sckimmy sckimmy 41-45, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It's almost Christmas. God I hate Christmas. It use to be this magical time of the year. Rachel and I would be cooking for days in advance. This will be the second Christmas. With...
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    Very nervous about these next couple days with all of my family. ****. I'm always sitting in the corner. Of course, my family gets butthurt because they think I hate them. I don't...
    junipersun21 junipersun21 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    My mom passed away from breast cancer about two years ago. I often come to this website to read other stories as it helps me realize I am not alone. I often blame myself for not...
    lostwithoutherr lostwithoutherr 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 12

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    Note that this.... is an entirely different story and not the same or a repeat of the story i wrote about my racist best friend who i lost. She came after the couple of girls i'm...
    xRockGlossPrincessx xRockGlossPrincessx 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 16

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    I miss waking up to her messages. I miss talking to her on the phone. I miss video chatting her. I miss everything about her but she doesn't care... She's moved on.. She's happy...
    BrokenDesires BrokenDesires 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 29

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