THE WORLD OF AN ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT
This post was originally published in June of 2015, but I feel that it’s message is still ringing loudly today. If you know someone who has Alzheimer’s, want to know more about Alzheimer’s, or if you have a few minutes to spare I urge you to watch this video.
Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease on a daily basis, I have a front row seat of what Alzheimer’s Disease is doing to my mother. It is hard to explain to people the chaos and confusion that goes along with AD. I have often wondered how she sees things through her eyes, what she is thinking. ABC NEWS correspondent Cynthia McFadden undergoes an experiment where she sees, hears and feels everything an Alzheimer’s patient would go through for 12 minutes.
This video absolutely broke my heart and it is something that I am not likely to ever forget. I had no idea at the depth of frustration, of the confusion, and absolute horror that she must overcome every single day. There are so many people who endure this 24 hours a day 7 days a week until the can no longer breath. I think about what she goes through in a day’s time and how this video is being played out in real life in homes all across America and it is a staggering problem that is only going to get worse.
In my opinion, this is the cruelest form of a death sentence that there is. I think about what my future will hold for me and it terrifies me. Will I get Alzheimer’s disease when I get older? Do I already have it? I see signs all of the time in my paranoid mind. Losing my control and being vulnerable is quite possibly my biggest fear. I know that if that were my diagnosis I would not choose to put my family through it. I think it should be my choice if I want to live with the disease or not, and I would choose not.