Alzheimer's is a disease that afflicts all gender, race, social, and economic classes. It incapacitates the brain of one family member, while holding other family members hostage in a montage of caregiving responsibilities. Many families are ripped apart as they struggle with the decisions of how to manage their loved one's care. Our family was lucky. The disease that fractured our mother, brought our family together.
While watching my mother suffer from this hideous disease, I discovered Alzheimer's offered strange gifts. During amazing events in a journey that ended in death, Alzheimer's became an unusual comrade. I found myself in a love/hate relationship with a disease that allowed me to love my mother before Alzheimer's took her away from me.______Gwen O'Leary
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