I'm 22 years old and my grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer's and its very difficult for me to handle. She's not only my grandmother but also my 2nd mother and best friend.
I do not live near her for the fact that my husband is in the United States Air Force. My mother is one of her 4 children, and I am one of her 12 grandchildren.
She has forgotten my Uncles name and she gets my other uncles confused. My mother, she can remember ok, but she gets my mother confused with her sister. I know that hurts my mother. I have been told she can't remember my cousins. She does however, remember me and my baby. That feels good to know.
But I am scared. She was moved out of her home a year ago and know shes living in a retirement home. Just recently I've found out that she may have to go to a nursing home. It saddens me deeply to hear that she has gotten to where the retirement home is too much for her.
She's a great woman and without her I would have never known what real love is about. She has taught me that Family means more than anything in the world and that no matter what life brings you. As long as you have love, you will be fine. She has taught me that forgiveness is important. Its hard for me to explain what a impact she has made in my life. She and my mother have been my inspirations and true heros in my life and now I'm losing one of them.
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