Hello, my name is Jane John Doe|
I am male and I am female
I am black and I am white: I am Indian and Hispanic.
I am old and I am young.
I am Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Agnostic.
I am rich and poor, and I am middle class.
I am educated and I am uneducated.
I was a professional and I was a blue collar worker.
I am a father, a mother, a sister, a brother, wife and a husband.
I am me and I am you; I am one of millions of Americans.
I am a victim of Alzheimer's Disease, and I am losing my memory.
Sometimes I do not know who or where I am,
or even who my family is.
Sometimes I cannot talk, and sometimes I forget to walk.
My personality has changed and I no longer
behave the way I once did.
I know I must be a problem to others.
I sometimes make a terrible mess of things,
my clothes, my food, and even the toliet.
I am afraid, of people, of things, even the smallest
of tasks, but most of all I am afraid of me.
I am no longer who I once was and I don't understand why.
What I do remember is love and dignity.
by Vera H. Guise,
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