Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to Laugh at Alzheimers

Alzheimer's disease is a horrible disease. I don't want to make it seem like I am going to literally make fun of people who have it. Instead, I want to create a place where people can get together and talk about how they feel and support each other.

My mother has Alzheimer's. Her mother had Alzheimer's. My uncle had Alzheimer's. I could very well have Alzheimer's. The way that my family and I have dealt with it is to poke a little fun here and there. It helps us deal with the hurt and the anguish that we feel.

Alzheimer's is the long goodbye. It can last for numerous years after the diagnosis is made, or the first symptoms are observed. Those of us who are "survivors" have a choice: either wallow in self-pity, or have fun with those who are still with us and embrace our loved ones who are afflicted. Remember to not take it so personally and that you are not alone.

I look forward to our conversations.