Parent with Alzheimers Disease

United States
February 13, 2008 3:01pm CST
My father died of Alzheimers Disease back in 1995. It was very sad and painful. I wrote a poem about that experience that I would like to share and get feedback on. Here Goes... Father As I hold my breath, you struggle to remember my name, face or if you even know me at all. Behind your dark and shining eyes is a man I never got to know, but love unconditionally. Too late for apologies, tears or catching up; The past is gone and lucid moments are not Memories cease to be for you and I am left alone to ponder. Only a vision of you, Father yet remains. Anyone else who has struggled or is struggling with the loss of parent or loved from from Alzheimers Disease?
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@kathy08 (46)
• United States
13 Feb 08
Hi, That was so sad.But Beautiful, I have a parent also that has fallen prey to this disease. Its my mom. She lives in NY and I don't get to see her often because I live across country. This is a horrible disease. I hate to watch her go through this. I pray about this all the time and pray to give my dad the strength to deal with the struggle of caring for her. Right now she talks to me on the phone but someday she won't know who I am and that as you know will be devasting for me. Pray for strength to get through ea day. I know this is extremly hard on you even though you dad is gone now, I know by your poem you miss him dearly. You sound like a wonderful person.
• United States
14 Feb 08
Thanks. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It is a long and bumpy road.
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
that was a nice poem. i'm sure your father is catching up with you now. watching over you and trying to learn more new things about you. im pretty sure God showed him those scenes of you taking care of him so he could remember that he had a nice loving daughter like you.