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Eileen's close-knit family saw her sink into the depths of alcoholism and drug addiction. After much healing and 19 years of sobriety, the family is now faced with her diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
Ted sought a diagnosis after being terminated from his job. Little did anyone know his memory and performance issues were due to Alzheimer's.
Richard is an active Alzheimer's advocate, and he wants to give voice to what it is like to walk in his shoes.
Pete's story is about his first experience with memory loss.
For Kris, a diagnosis for her forgetfulness came as a relief. She now knew what she was dealing with: Alzheimer's disease.
Sandy gains strength from her faith and family as she lives in the "Alzheimer's world."
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Muffett has been caring for her mother with dementia for nine years, enduring her own personal heartaches in silence.
Angel wishes her dad was enjoying his golden years rather than dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
Cara thought she had all the time in the world to tell her mother she loved her.
Karen witnessed her father's decline due to Alzheimer's and is now seeing the same in her stepfather.
Sherry wears a ring that says, "Accept." She looks at it often, as she knows her mother with Alzheimer's is never coming back.
Regina's husband started showing signs of Alzheimer's while on the job.
Etta shares her journey learning how to be a caregiver hoping it will help others.
Juile writes, "My grandmother was my strength, heart and soul."
When a family denies a loved one may have Alzheimer's, it's like an "Elephant in the Living Room."
Rosalinda shares her thoughts on caring for her dad.
Evelyn writes: "Like many other stories I’ve read, mine is a story of forgiveness."
Alzheimer's has hit three generations of Michelle's family. She wonders if she and her daughter are next in line.
Is there such a thing as joy in caregiving? In Barbara's opinion, yes!
Diane says: "I would like to share my story and let people who are dealing with this awful disease know that they are not alone."
Ashley shares her tribute to her mother-in-law Donna Gayle.
Laura and her mom used to write poems together when they were worried, waiting or just had something emotional to say. Laura's mom has Alzheimer's, and just had a paranoid episode that sent her to the emergency room. Laura shares a poem she wrote waiting to board a plane to go be by her mom's side.
Jeanie sent her story in with the subject line "a different twist." You'll understand why when you read her story.
Julie and her sister share caregiving responsibilities for their mom. Julie says, "I miss her the most when I am with her." Julie's daughter also helps out, and has written a tribute to her grandma.
Sandra's definition of the word "change" shifted once she became a caregiver.
Lori and her husband use technology to help care for their mom. She shares a link to her story featured on the Web site she manages.
Known as the unofficial family historian, the keeper and teller of stories, Mary writes, "How strange that it took a disease known for robbing memories to bring so many to mind."
Sue and her sister had to take over caregiving duties for their mom when their dad had a stroke. Many of you will relate to her poem, "It Took Her Away."
Christine shares her "Maui" story about the responsibility of her family to “give back" to her Auntie, who is living with Alzheimer's disease.
Haskell's wife of 54 years is now in a nursing home. He wrote a short poem that sums up his thoughts about her condition.
Bev expresses what it was like to care for her husband of 55 years through poetry. She hopes her writings help others going through the heartache of Alzheimer's find some comfort.
Nancy put herself in her father's shoes (his head and heart too) to write a poem about what it must be like for him to live with Alzheimer's disease.
Cynthia's spirituality got her through the most difficult times caring for her mother.
How Ted's iPod gave him a dose of much-needed music therapy.
Greg says, "Anyone living with a family member or close friend stricken with the insidious disease of Alzheimer’s can relate to this story. Those who are blessed with healthy parents heed these words because you never know what tomorrow holds."
For Lynn, her poem "says it all" about Alzheimer's. Her family cared for her dad.
Glory wrote a book that chronicles the 11 years that she and her husband shared his disease.
Nancy faced about every challenge you could imagine while caring for husband. She wants so much to help others going through what she did, but she feels she doesn't have any strength left.
Vicki and her husband are celebrating 32 years of marriage. However, he doesn't know it. She looks to her spirituality for strength.
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For World Alzheimer's Day on Sept. 21, Dennis wrote and submitted this op-ed piece to his local newspapers. His personal story helps raise awareness of this disease and the impact it has on families. Your personal stories are so powerful! Please consider doing what Dennis did and submit your story to your local papers.
Cheryl and her sisters have formed a Memory Walk team in honor of their mom, who was diagnosed with the disease after years of memory problems.
Melissa shares a touching story of a summer she spent with her grandma when she was a teen. As an adult, she now participates in Memory Walk to honor her grandma and to make those around her more aware of what individuals with Alzheimer's and their families face.
Rachel's "oops grandma" gave unconditional love .... and Rachel gave it right back to her.
We sometimes forget that kids and teens are also affected when the disease hits a family. Claire shares her heartache and the unfairess of Alzheimer's taking hold of both her grandmothers.
Simply said: "Please reach out and do not be afraid. Comfort the body and soul of Alzheimer's."
Just in time for Father's Day 2008, Debbie writes that her dad "is just like a saint to me" for overcoming cancer and being such a dedicated husband and caretaker to her mom.
After caring for her husband with young-onset Alzheimer's and her mom with geriatric Alzheimer's, Kate switched jobs to work in the Alzheimer's care field. She's hoping her "been-there" wisdom will help other families living with the disease.
Moya's uncle wrote a poem for his wife, Jane, who had Alzheimer's disease. Its a lyrical look at Alzheimer's, from both the caregiver's and the person's perspective.
Amy created an online photo book for her grandfather, who lived with Alzheimer's for some years.
Thanks to Chris for sharing this story written by a friend's mother, who cares for her husband with Alzheimer's. It gives voice to the reality of caring for a loved one with the disease.
What's the worst thing that has ever happened to you? For Lisa, it was losing her grandfather to Alzheimer's disease.
Barbara says she will fight to the end to find a cure for this disease.
While attending a creative writing class, David found himself writing a story about his grandfather who died from Alzheimer’s. He shares "Pools" with us.
Rose is a retired nurse. Her poem is about two memorable individuals with Alzheimer's.
Colleen is a volunteering at one of our Association chapters. Like many of our Alzheimer's Champions, she has a loved one with the disease: her grandma. She best sums up her story about life with grandma Rose Marie: "Diseases may attack even the strongest of characters, but relationships built around unconditional love will, in the best way possible, endure."
Deanna's uncle passed away from Alzheimer's. She wrote a poem to her aunt and cousins in hopes that it would help heal their hearts.
John says Alzheimer's disease in his family has made them love more, laugh harder and never forget.