Woman’s Mom Has Alzheimer’s – Photo Showing How The Disease Progressed Is Quickly Going Viral
If you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease, then you know how devastating it is.
Even if you don’t know anyone personally, we often see stories in the media or in films and television the depict how Alzheimer’s disease works.
The condition typically begins slowly, with someone forgetting where they parked their car, but progresses to things like forgetting where they live. Or even worse, forgetting their loved ones.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.
In 2016, 5.5 million Americas were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s diease. Of that number, 5.3 million were over the age of 65. One in ten people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease.
One woman has shared her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease online and the story is truly devastating.
Sara Wuillermin shared her mother Rene’s progression with the disease in a very open and honest post on the popular Facebook page, Love What Matters.
“My mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s 12 years ago when she was 54 years old (I was 22 at the time). This shows the progression of her disease from the beginning of diagnosis until about 2 years into the disease’s progress.
At this point, we were already aware that she had the disease–she was trying to crochet more to help keep her mind active, on recommendation from her doctor, so all of these squares were done after diagnosis of the disease.
My mother is still alive and has been living with the disease for 12 years. She is what is considered to be stage 4, which means she is non-verbal and not able to tend to any of her basic needs (she needs help with dressing, feeding, bathing, etc.).
She has been cared for at home during the duration of her disease, with the help of my immediate family (my father has acted as primary caretaker and is a true hero for his selflessness), my extended family, her dedicated caretaker, and more recently (this past July) hospice support.
I really hope this post allows people to better understand Alzheimers, its affect on others, and to remember that there is still a person behind this disease.
My mother was a fun, beautiful, vibrant person who rented Saturday Night Fever to teach me dance moves before my first school dance and blared Queen on the way to my soccer games to properly get me pumped. She is a person who deserves to be remembered, and I hope I can keep her memory alive a little more.
My father truly has been such an inspiration and has taught me what it means to love unconditionally. And seeing the way the rest of my family has pulled together—from my brother and sister-in-law, my grandmother, my aunts who cook meals for my family each night, my mom’s caretaker who truly loves her and sees past her disease, and those in our lives who provide love and support along the way. It really takes a village.” #StillRene
The post has gotten over 8,000 likes on Facebook, with thousands commenting back to Sara, sharing their own personal stories of their loved one’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease.
You can donate to Walk to End Alzheimer’s here.
"My mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's 12 years ago when she was 54 years old (I was 22 at the time)….
Posted by Love What Matters on Thursday, November 30, 2017
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