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Dear Alzheimer’s

An elderly woman with alzheimer's holding a camera posted to reflect the tone of a letter submitted to the Dear Diagnosis literary project.

You took her away. Her body still roams around. She may speak once & awhile. She used to be the “Godfather” of the family… a title she earned. If you had a question, she knew the answer. She was talented beyond belief. You took her dignity, sense of safety & her clarity. You don’t deserve her. She was ours. You had no right! We will find a cure one day and destroy you!

Granddaughter, Age 38
Alzheimer’s Disease

 

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2 thoughts on “Dear Alzheimer’s”

  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences as a caregiver. I also lost a grandparent to Alzheimer’s. By sharing openly, I felt validated with my own sadness over the loss of my grandma.

    1. The loss of someone to Alzheimer’s can be exceptionally difficult to navigate and is a particularly lonely experience. Thank you, @smarie, for giving voice to how this courageous contributor’s letter impacted you. While science has yet to inform us on how best to understand and treat this neurological nightmare, mental health professionals agree that the best way for those of us losing folx we love to the darkness of dementia; will bode best by feeling what needs to be felt, seeking out connection through shared experience with others that can relate, and through the use of art to #feeldealheal. To this end, here is a link to a particularly touching short animation by Po Chou Chi, entitled The Drawer of Memory.

      May we all find ways to safely explore that which pains us in both community spaces through creative means like these 🙂

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