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November 01, 2005


Robin P

What a beautiful post. I'll try to type through the tears as best as I can.
My favorite aunt is in her early sixties and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's this past year. We are very close.It is painful to watch this woman who has always had an amazing memory for details,not know if she just told me the same thing 5 minutes ago. It's hard for all of us. Sometimes she just can't think of a common word. I try to read her mind and go with her thought pattern to help her get her point across. She is grateful and frustrated.

Alzheimers is a rough disease,Amy. It makes everyone involved feel kind of helpless. I think loving someone with your whole heart conquers all. I am glad you can watch your dad with Isabelle and that he sometimes thinks you are one and the same. Love is love.He loves you. He loves her. No one can ever take that away.

Fran Maristch

I can totally relate. My father-in-law passed away in 1998 after a battle with the disease. My husband and he had a very troubled relationship while my husband was growing up. As they were finally bonding again, my father-in-law became ill with the disease. They never really got to totally heal their relationship as my father-in-law drifted farther away. In the meantime, our son was born, and by then he barely knew who we were. Count your blessings that you have had him in your life and cherish every moment. I feel those who have dealt with this disease are truly courageous. It is a very difficult thing to experience.


Amy - take lots of pictures and document all of your dad's time with Ibelle. You and she will both appreciate it.

Alzheimer's is right up there with ASD on my Crappy Diseases List, although Alzheimer's is at #1. My grandmother fought a real good fight for about 10 years. I'm tearing up, too, reading and writing here. Such a touching moment, though, when your dad called Ibelle you. He is recalling a memory of you as a child - and that's a good thing, regardless - he's still holding on to you.

If you haven't already, check out the Alzheimer's Association's website...I think it's Alzassoc.org or something. Google it if you can't find it. They have a huge walk every year to raise funds. Even though my Gram's been gone since 2000, we still participate. I just want them to find a cure so that no more people have to lose the precious memories that they have built through their lifetime.


That is a lovely tribute to your father.

amy h

Thank you for sharing such a personal experience. I think this will touch a lot of people, and as Kris said, it will likely help you to have recorded it.


Great post. Brought tears to my eyes, too. And that's not an easy feat, I might add.


So touching. I'm sorry that you're Dad is suffering this disease. Your post made me cry too. Writing down those moments will help you, both to remember and to sort through your feelings. Thanks for sharing.


thanks you writing this. i'm crying as i type this out. your story reminds me of my dad - he doesn't suffer from Alzheimer's but he is aging and I've started to notice it more and more. When I see him with my sons, I sometimes have to leave the room because I get emotional knowing how much he is thinking about his own kids when he is with his grandkids. He even told my mom that my boys are his "second chance to relive his babies." Like you, I feel like the luckiest gal on the planet to have a dad like the one I call mine. Thank you again. Beautiful post.

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