My Dad has recently been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Although I felt like I could see this coming for a while I still can’t quite get my head around things. I feel angry and frustrated as well as the obvious sadness. Alzheimer’s has only been something I have ever known people in their 70’s or 80’s to suffer from. I feel like my dad has been taken away from me. As someone who I grow up with working so hard to provide for our family it is now very difficult to speak to him for him to hardly be able to string a proper scentence together. I find myself being short with him even though I don’t mean to be. I just feel like I can’t cope or handle it very well. I feel selfish when I think about what I am loosing because of this and how I act around him. I want to support and be there for him but at the moment I can barely stand to be around him which makes me feel like a horrible daughter. Has anyone else had similar feelings? Or any advice on how to deal with the situation? I know how sound like a really horrible person. I feel like my instant reaction to dealing with it is to be distant with my family almost putting my head in the sand. It would be really good to speak to others in the same situation, wishing you all the best and my thoughts are with all other people in this horrible situation.