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  • Allan V. - Traveling a Difficult Road with Alzheimer's

  • Karen G - Missing Jim

  • Kate C. - A Man and His Truck: A Story in Memory of My Father

  • Enrique L. - U.S.M.C. Corporal

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Sons and Daughters

How do I start!!! First I lost my Mother just before her 61st year to this devastating disease just after my 16th Birthday. I am one of five siblings and there is only I and one who will turn 70 this September. 

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Painting in Twilight: An Artist's Escape from Alzheimer's

Lester E. Potts, Jr., my father, was an oak of a man.  A rural Alabama saw miller, Dad embodied hard work, dependability, humility and and capable leadership.

At age 72 Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and had a rapid downhill course.  He became depressed and withdrawn, losing his pride in being a very capable man.

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  1. You will notice something just isn’t quite right years before a diagnosis.
  2. You will dismiss an inability to maintain finances as simply being bad with numbers.
  3. Your mother will lose sight of a daycare child while in her care, only to later find him down the street at a neighbor boy’s house once the authorities have been notified.

Continued here: http://lonnawhiting.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/after-the-diagnosis/#sthash.rhWMaIPQ.dpuf

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When I was only 8 my mom gave birth to the 4th of the 5 kids in our family. Within a yr. #5 came along. By the time she and my Dad were expecting # 5 they discovered that my baby brother (born on my 8th birthday) was very ill with a very rare and devastating illness. Dr's immediately said to "put him in a home" as he will never live to see age 5. Docs said institutionalize him. My loving parents said "no way" to that. It was hard and took a great toll on us all, but of course no one more than my Mom. It was also a beautiful and awesome life having him in it.

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My mother Laura always the Christian lady, kind and considerate, sweet and charming.  Her smile, a bit crooked- nonetheless; adorable.  Momma loved her flower garden and took great pride in her home.  She was the neighborhood candy maker during Christmas holidays.  Christmas was her favorite time of year as shown by the lights, glitter and garland with which she decorted inside and out. She enjoyed so much having the family gather at her home for Christmas dinner.  

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We call her Mom, Aunt Edna, Ms. Dav, Ms. D, Granny  Edna P, Ms Edna, and Mrs.

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My Mom Jean has Alzheimer's Disease 14 years. Mom lived with me for many years misdiagnosed. She was 58. Alzheimer's never crossed my mind or the Drs. This disease knows no boundaries including age. We were all ignorant. In 2005 after an ER visit and 19 horrid days in a psych ward   Mom was diagnosed and was told she had less than 3 years to live. Mom insisted on placement in a Nursing home. Me and my sister were furious but had no choice but to respect her wishes. I guess mom knew she was sicker than we did and she was protecting us. Always a mom <3.

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I created this collage to reflect how dementia has touched my life and my relationship with my mother. The title of the piece is "The Etiquette of Dementia." 

 

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My elderly mother loved going grocery shopping with me, although it tired her out. She wandered happily through the store by my side, clutching the handle of a rolling shopping cart. She tended to smile at, and talk to, just about everyone who passed by.

Strangers frequently stopped to say, “You’re so lucky you have your mother. I wish mine were still alive.”

Every once in a while after a rocky night with my mother, I was tempted to say, “Well, our life together isn’t all peaches and cream.”

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I was the primary caregiver for my mother, Mama Hawk, for 5 years.  She lost her battle with Alzheimer's in June 2012.  After her death, I decided to share what I learned and documented it at mamahawksjourney.com in hopes that it may help others on the same journey.

 

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