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I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

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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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    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 2 Responses 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I am the sole caregiver of my mother in a nursing home. She's been there since 2011. My sisters wrote me off over a year ago and they had my dad join their "camp" in May. That is...
    5cubby08 5cubby08 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    Grief in a daily basis because my blood family has written me off. My dad can't stand the idea that in sacrifice for the woman he tossed away. My mother has Alzheimer's. And my two...
    5cubby08 5cubby08 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    I know what you're going through and I'm so sorry that you are. When I read this group and the postings in it, I cried the entire time because your experiences are eerily close to...
    smgreen1703 smgreen1703 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    When I think of relatives, I don't think of close family, like parents and siblings. More like aunts, uncles, cousins. I'm actually closer to relatives on my husband's side than...
    ShimmerSquirrels13 ShimmerSquirrels13 22-25, F Aug 4

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    I lost my grandma in July of 2014 to Lou Gehrig's disease aka ALS and I was withe her three hours just showing her pictures before she died and I saw her cry
    Voyn12 Voyn12 56-60, M 1 day ago

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    Well, things have been hard lately. I've always been a anxious kind of person. It got bad in college, but I learned to deal with it. It's become unbearable since I've graduated...
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    Been going thru some old pics and old letters to you today. Working a 16 hour shift allows for way too much time to think. I miss you and the way life was when you were around...
    kavlynn99 kavlynn99 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 30

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    Hello everyone, I have had to find a place to vent my frustrations and hope that putting my experience into words will help me on my current journey. The lack of support from...
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    Hello everyone, I have had to find a place to vent my frustrations and hope that putting my experience into words will help me on my current journey. The lack of support from...
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    I'm lost and I'm afraid. I'm scared of what has happened and I fear what may happen. Every single day I have dozens of macabre scenarios flashing through my mind. I see the people...
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    I lost my little brother to a heroin overdose two years ago. He was nineteen, only a year younger than me. I had no memory of a life without him. He was my best friend and we were...
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    My family has a history of diseases, especially cancer. These diseases were what left my mother and her siblings orphans at young ages. I knew that one of my grandparents was...
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    After a childhood filled with severe pain, day after day in bed..... countless visits to Hospitals...Mri scans...specialist appointments which amounted to nothing, no one could pin...
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    Yes, again. I know I'm not on this very frequently. I see this as my secret little place to vent out and say how I feel. Anyway as few of you may know, I lost my father last year...
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    When I was 8 my grandfather died of pancreatic cancer. It's been 5 years and I still miss him everyday. When I was little he used to watch me all the time while my grandma was at...
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    This past Saturday a good friend of mine lost her battle and fell short to her depression. Depression is a real disease. It's not something that can be easily controlled. Sometimes...
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    on march 31 2014 i lost my baby sister to rare disease she got sick in january20 2014 started with headache then she stop walking talking moving her arms that hurt me see her...
    smoak smoak 36-40 1 Response Aug 8

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    I lost my father 7 years ago to the most terrible disease, cancer, we just watched him fade away.
    Wheels64 Wheels64 46-50, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Dr Weiss was also extremely proactive with my insurance company. He was ready to generate letters if there was issue about receiving a specific technique covered. I'd one...
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    My name is Cherrelle Russell. And I Don't have contact with my relatives anymore, and for various of good reasons. I come from a very toxic, abusive , and dysfunctional family. My...
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    Sunday will be one year since you left us. It is still so difficult to accept that you are gone. I have so many memories, I tear up when I think about them. My big sister, I...
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    He is just my relative by marriage, he is my stepbrother and the week after my mom and I moved into his house he started abusing me. He would sneak into my room at first and just...
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    I have no connection with my blood relatives. My father only took me to see my grandparents for Christmas. I was very close to my grandfather until he passed away. Until a few...
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    I'm estranged from my family, so the only family I really have is my wife and her mother. My father in law died 3 years ago, and for some prior to that my wife and her dad were...
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