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FADING AWAY
My Grandma has Alzheimer's Disease. This was a lady who lived and breathed Emily Post's guide on etiquette and always carried herself in a dignified manner. Nowadays, her proud walk has been replaced by a shuffle. The wide eyes that would make anyone cower in fear now look at one without a trace of recognition or brilliance. No words escape her mouth nowadays and she lets her finger do the talking. She throws tantrums and on those rare occasions when she does say something, it's nothing but drivel.

This has been extremely hard for me, especially since I've been home all the time and I have seen her condition degenerate with every day. My grandpa takes care of her most of the time and I have to admire his patience with her. That's love for you.

Sooner or later, she will have completely lost everything. I think I'm one of the only people in the family that she still remembers, and when that goes...

I look at grandma and I barely recognize her. I guess she could almost say the same.