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Daughter Shows What Alzheimer’s Did To Her Mother Over 2 Years, And Her Last Works Will Break Your Heart
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Daughter Shows What Alzheimer’s Did To Her Mother Over 2 Years, And Her Last Works Will Break Your Heart

Alzheimer’s is a terrifying disease with devastating effects, but for someone who’s never witnessed it, it can be hard to imagine concrete examples of how it might change a person. A 34-year-old Reddit user from Camden, New Jersey, just posted a photo that illustrates her own mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking to look at.

Using 14 crocheted squares made during the 2 years following her diagnosis, the woman shows the slow progression of her mother’s condition – and her fading abilities to complete the skill she once loved. “…She made squares for a while, then the circles, then the little pieces of crochet, until she got to the point where she just carried around the needles and yarn in her purse,” the user writes on Reddit. “It has been a few years since she was able to speak and several since she was able to identify who I am.”

Other users have rallied around her with support, and according to her responses to their comments, her mother is now 66, meaning she has survived 12 years of the disease. If you think someone you love may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s, or if you’re having trouble coping with a loved one already suffering, call the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

“The Progression of Alzheimer’s Through My Mom’s Crocheting”

People responded with their own harrowing experiences with the disease

If you think someone you love may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s, or if you’re having trouble coping with a loved one already suffering, call the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 1-800-272-3900

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Petra Christovová
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4 years ago

I shivered while looking at the photo. Somehow this simple set sully shows how disgusting and horrible dementia is. It takes everything that makes person unique and throws it in toilet and then nothing remains, just body without mind. No memories, no personality, nothing. I so wish they could find cure for such diseases.

Petra Christovová
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4 years ago

sorry .. FULLY shows, goddamit

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Daria B
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4 years ago

I saw on tv once, there was a grandpa who kept returning to the police office to report a missing case every day. He's reporting his wife went missing. Turns out, she never went missing, she just died sooner than him, but he can't remember that. He can't remember the funeral and all that. His last memories of her is when she went outside. So he thinks she went missing. So sad.

panic!atTheYeemo
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4 years ago

My grandpa kyle had Alzheimer's and died of a stroke a few years ago. he couldn't remember that he was in his own house or that he was married to my grandma, but the most heartbreaking thing, to me at least, is that he never, ever forgot me. all you had to do was say my name and his whole face would light up. he loved me so much and remembered me till he died. he was often heard asking nurses and my grandma when I was going to come back and visit, just after i left the room. It really does a tool on a person and I have never seen anything as horrible as someone forgetting their whole life, and only remember one part.

Carol Taylor
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4 years ago

l lost my father to Alzheimer's 4 years ago..l moved back to the family home to care for him from March 2009 till l finally put him in a nursing home one month before he passed, August 2013..l miss the dirty ditties he used to sing..l miss that he would call me by my first two names, 'Carol Elizabeth' and l would call him 'father dearest'..out of us six kids l think it was my disabled brother that he finally forgot last..in the end l was just the person who used to care for him..one of the things l was grateful for because of the disease was that when transferring him from chair to chair he gave me cuddles and one time a kiss..the importance of this is that he and his family were not affectionate people to us as we grew up..no kisses, no cuddles, no 'I love you's'..l cherish those moments, specially if l had followed everybody else advice of putting him in a nursing home sooner..

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
4 years ago

I shivered while looking at the photo. Somehow this simple set sully shows how disgusting and horrible dementia is. It takes everything that makes person unique and throws it in toilet and then nothing remains, just body without mind. No memories, no personality, nothing. I so wish they could find cure for such diseases.

Petra Christovová
Community Member
4 years ago

sorry .. FULLY shows, goddamit

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

I saw on tv once, there was a grandpa who kept returning to the police office to report a missing case every day. He's reporting his wife went missing. Turns out, she never went missing, she just died sooner than him, but he can't remember that. He can't remember the funeral and all that. His last memories of her is when she went outside. So he thinks she went missing. So sad.

panic!atTheYeemo
Community Member
4 years ago

My grandpa kyle had Alzheimer's and died of a stroke a few years ago. he couldn't remember that he was in his own house or that he was married to my grandma, but the most heartbreaking thing, to me at least, is that he never, ever forgot me. all you had to do was say my name and his whole face would light up. he loved me so much and remembered me till he died. he was often heard asking nurses and my grandma when I was going to come back and visit, just after i left the room. It really does a tool on a person and I have never seen anything as horrible as someone forgetting their whole life, and only remember one part.

Carol Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

l lost my father to Alzheimer's 4 years ago..l moved back to the family home to care for him from March 2009 till l finally put him in a nursing home one month before he passed, August 2013..l miss the dirty ditties he used to sing..l miss that he would call me by my first two names, 'Carol Elizabeth' and l would call him 'father dearest'..out of us six kids l think it was my disabled brother that he finally forgot last..in the end l was just the person who used to care for him..one of the things l was grateful for because of the disease was that when transferring him from chair to chair he gave me cuddles and one time a kiss..the importance of this is that he and his family were not affectionate people to us as we grew up..no kisses, no cuddles, no 'I love you's'..l cherish those moments, specially if l had followed everybody else advice of putting him in a nursing home sooner..

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