Friday, October 21, 2016

A Hard Thing

So here's a hard thing. Alzheimer's is fatal.

People diagnosed with Alzheimer's are like stage 4 cancer patients---there's no remission, there's no chemotherapy and no surgery to remove the plaques and tangles that are robbing your loved one of herself. There is a long, slow deterioration, and then death.

Don't ask if a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's is getting better. There is no better. There are good days and bad days. There are horrible, painful moments; and there are beautiful poignant moments. 
There is love and loss, often in the same moment, over and over again.
There is no treatment that arrests the deterioration, and there is no cure. And that's a hard thing.

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