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Rhonda’s Story (Alzheimer’s Disease)

Purple RibbonI was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on 8/20/10.My mother had it too.I watched her go from being a very out going woman to someone I didn’t know and she didn’t know me.It was/is so heart wrenching to watch someone you loved that much go through that.Now my family is having to go through it again with me.

I feel afraid and very alone at times.I have wonderful,positive people surrounding me.But,it is the inside pain that is the hardest to deal with.I am just 51 years of age.I am at a loss with myself right now.

Submitted 8-26-10

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Angela

    I currently work for Sunrise Senior Living which as you might know is a home for those you have Alzheimer and dementia. I love my job more than anything and I miss when I am away from it for too long. I have currently been promoted as a medication passer and am very excited. I just ant to let you know that even though I don’t know you that I love you and understand your pain. Even though you have this Alzheimer people will be in your life that always love you and its not the end of your life but just a change and something that will get some getting used to. You will never become less of a person because of this, I promise you. I am very happy to say that I toke part in the Alzheimer walk this year and will next year.

    • Rhonda Moore

      Angela,Thank you very much for your very kind words.I have always admired people that has the patience to work with people like me.Not too many people have the spirit in them to do that.It has and still is a huge change in my life.There are days I just want to end it all and there are days I can’t wait to get up.I have been so blessed to have a very loving family and the most amazing friends surrounding me.At times I have felt like crying the whole day.This disease is very challenging to say the least.I have lots of days I can’t remember my son’s name.The doctor told me not to get myself under any kind of stress,(impossible).He said the more the stress the more I forget.Thank you so very much for you taking part in the walk.I pray that they will find away to cure Alzheimer’s completely.God is my only way to get me through this.I rely solely upon him.Once again thank you for your kind and up lifting words.

  2. Lauren King

    Many feelings come along with Alzheimer’s: sadness, guilt, anger, anxiety. These are true for both the patient and the caregiver. There is one, though, that triumps them all- and that is love. This is the one feeling never forgotten when it feels like everything else has been. I so sorry you must go through this journey, but know that there are folks who have never even met you that have been touched by your story and will be thinking of you from all over- me included. I wish you the best, and am so glad you are surrounded by love and kindness, as this is not a luxury for everyone. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers- love from New Orleans.

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