Essay The Legacy Of Alzheimer 's Life

762 Words Jan 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Growing up as a young girl, I was very fortunate to have a family that spent their lives together, and always had a strong sense of unity. It was typical for my mother and me to spend numerous hours at my grandparent’s house, enjoying their company and making memories that will last a lifetime. My mother had been partially raised by her grandparent’s during her childhood, so she always emphasized how important it is to treasure your elders and spend all the time you can with them while you have it. This was essential to our family, as we are burdened knowing that our loved one’s will one day no longer be the same person they once were. Our family has a long history of the tragic disease known as Alzheimer’s. As it is a genetic based condition, we have long seen the suffering it brings to the one diagnosed and the people in their lives who are affected by it. This all became very real to me when I was just a young girl, my young grandfather, only 50 years old, was told the devastating news: he had Alzheimer’s. While this may seem like an expected event, the fact that he was extremely young to be diagnosed is what made it so horrific. He had early-onset Alzheimer’s, which rocked our whole family. As a young girl, there were many wild thoughts racing through my mind. I couldn’t fathom how a man who provided me with so many treasured memories, would forget them all one day. My family had similar thoughts, it was a tragic period for all of us. Once we had time to reflect on…

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