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  1. Watching Our Loved Ones Disappear

    My Mum was 62 when we finally got a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and Cerebal Vascular Disease. Within 1 year she had to be admitted to a home as she was not safe to be on her own. Within another year we had totally lost the person we knew as our lovely mum. Why cant anyone ever answer why this has happened ???
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  2. thats life

    Well I went to see a counsellor today, not just for dad, although that is the biggest thing in my life, but its how I feel everyone depends on me, and when I want to tell them exactly how I am feeling and all the various components that make it up to how I am feeling, they dont want to know.......... they dont want to know the pain of dad (cos it upsets them), they dont want to know the pain of a relationship ending (he wasnt good enough so dismissed) - no not dismissed, at the end of the day I ...
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  3. a double wammy

    My wife has been diagnosed about 2years but recently she started to turn a lovely shade of yellow. in 9 days the liver blood test went from clear to not after a ultra sound then a scan she has advanced pancreatic cancer.
    the not drinking or eating got so bad i managed to get her into a local hospice
    now she will be able to come home again soon.
    now we know she has only up to 9months with luck.
    is this a blessing in disguise that the dreaded dementia will not destroy her ...
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  4. The First Visit

    Well, they came and went, the nice young doctor and his older, down-to-earth, district mental health nurse (I called her a mental nurse, but I think that's not right). They gave us the 'this won't cure, but may slow down' talk when discussing the medication. The medical fraternity always have to cover themselves - I understand that, having been a medical rep in my youth. I'll do more research and see what else helps. I know that lots of love helps a lot and there's that in abundance. But I'll ...
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  5. Starting out


    My darling husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. He turns 89 this month and is my delight and joy. I will not be afraid of this disease. We will confront it head-on and do everything to live life in the moment, which, of course, is what Buddhists teach us to do. We're not Buddhists. We not anything, really, when it comes to religious 'constraints, so we're free to explore and discover and do what we can.
    Today we await a visit from our very nice young psychiatrist. ...
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