Your Last Good-Bye

How do you react when you hear the term Alzheimer's?
When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease.
Is it fear, anger, disbelief, sadness, denial, or all of the above?

You can not accept the reality, why are you so panicked?
How do you tell your children, husband, wife, or even your friends?
Alzheimer's cannot be reasoned with and cannot be cured.
Remember the good times of your life, become a close family again.
Be an advocate for the cause, enjoy yourself while you still can.

In the world of Alzheimer's you learn to survive.
Learn to fight, cope, have a sense of sanity in your circle.
Some days will be bright, others will be dark.
You want to feel whole, needing your life back.

Towards the end of the journey, ask yourself this final question:
How do you say good-bye for the last time?

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Speaking from personal experience, I wanted to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The poem describes what people will face when their loved one is diagnosed. The general public have to know that Alzheimer's does not have an age limit, it cannot be prevented or cured. This disease takes away more than memory, it robs a person's independence and well-being. I recently became an advocate for the cause and the poem is meant to educate and inform the public to get involved.