I've just registered on tp today and I feel like a light has been turned on inside my head. My wonderful mum was diagnosed with Alzheimers just over a year ago at a very early age. She has gone from being an active hands on mother and grandma to someone who probably couldn't tell you the day of the week or the year that we're in. At such a young age myself (only 28) I'm sharing the responsibility of caring for mum with my dad, along with a challenging job and a young son. Friends and other family members are a good listening post but none of them can understand how awful it is to see someone you love and respect so much go through such a terrible illness with no hope of getting them back to how they were. Today, after reading other comments made on TP, for the first time I feel that there will be people who I could discuss things with that truly understand how I'm feeling.