Navigating the Fears of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Personal Journey

As I sit here, thinking fondly about the past, a wave of apprehension washes over me. As a woman in my 60’s, I find myself acutely aware of the insidious threat of Alzheimer’s disease. Having witnessed the devastating impact it had on my mother and my father, the fear of losing my own memories hangs over me like a big, dark shadow.

Join me as I share my journey of dealing with the fears and uncertainties surrounding Alzheimer’s disease.

A Heartbreaking Loss:

In October, 2016 I lost my mother to Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, just 4 years later, I lost my father to the same, horrible disease. Witnessing their vibrant spirits slowly fade away was both heart-wrenching and confusing. Their memories, once a treasure trove of wisdom and experiences, slipped through their fingers like grains of sand. The emotional toll it took on our family was immeasurable, and the experience left an indelible mark on my soul.

The Fear Takes Hold:

With each passing year, my concern for my own cognitive health intensifies. I am haunted by the thought of forgetting cherished memories, loved ones’ faces, and the essence of who I am. The fear of being robbed of my independence, losing the ability to recognize those closest to me, and becoming a burden weighs heavily on my mind.

Taking Control:

Rather than giving in to fear, I’ve chosen to empower myself by adopting a proactive approach. Through education and self-care, I am striving to minimize the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Engaging in regular physical exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and prioritizing mental stimulation are essential components of my lifestyle.

Cherishing the Present:

It took therapy to get me here, but I’m now living in the present moment. Rather than dwelling on the uncertainties of the future, I choose to embrace each day with gratitude. I cherish the simple joys of life, savoring the taste of my warm cup of green tea, cherishing the beauty of nature on my daily walks, and nurturing meaningful connections with my loved ones.

The Importance of Research:

The advancements in Alzheimer’s research provide me with hope. Especially the research that Dr Dale Bredesen has done. Scientists and healthcare professionals are tirelessly working towards unraveling the complexities of this disease, searching for treatments, and striving to improve early detection methods. It’s empowering to know that my experiences and those of countless others may contribute to a brighter future.

Creating Memories:

In the face of fear, I am determined to make lasting memories. I seize every opportunity to create joyful experiences with my loved ones, cherishing the moments we share. Whether it’s embarking on new adventures, engaging in hobbies, or simply spending quality time together, these memories become treasures to hold onto tightly. The fears surrounding Alzheimer’s disease are so very deep, particularly for those of us who have witnessed its devastating effects firsthand. However, by embracing a proactive mindset and cherishing the present, we can navigate this uncertain journey with resilience. As I continue on my path, I hold onto hope, resilience, and the unwavering belief that, even in the face of fear, our spirit can shine brightly. If any of this resonates with you, I would love for you to walk with me, as we share this journey.

Written by Dr. Becky

Dr Becky is a retired functional medicine practitioner; daughter to parents who both died of Alzheimer’s; and now an Alzheimer’s Prevention Advocate, because an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

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