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What it Takes From Us | Alzheimer’s in the First Person | Barbara Taylor Vaughan
I have been a little confused today. I talked to another friend of mine who also was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s the same time as me. She is on medications, I am not. We discussed this terrible disease and what it is taking from us.
I told Missy tonight that I do feel different. I seem to be confused more. Sometimes I wake up and am not sure where I am, or how I got here.
I ate lunch today and then about an hour later told Missy I was hungry and ready to eat lunch. A few minutes after I said that, I thought to myself, “I think I already ate lunch.” But, I wasn’t sure.
I looked at pictures today. Missy has them on flashcards. They are pictures of my family and friends. I look at them and see if I recognize them. The names are written on the back along with a description of who they are. Some days I know everyone. Some days no one.
Thank you all for being with me during this adventure with Alzheimer’s. I am glad you are with me, to help Missy and Mike, and to cheer me on. I think it is helping me. Bless all your hearts. Boy oh boy…I hope tomorrow is better.
___________________________________About the Author: Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. She started a Facebook page to help chronicle her illness and put a face on Alzheimer's. Barbara hopes educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, families, caregivers. Her relationship with her daughter and caregiver, Missy, and her compassion and humor are inspirational. You can subscribe to her on Facebook where she has opened her page to offering advice to your questions about life and living with Alzheimer's "from a little old lady."
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Alzheimer’s in the First Person
Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Barbara and Melissa Vaughan are putting a face on the disease by chronicling Barbara's illness. Melissa, living with Multiple Sclerosis, is Barbara's daughter and caregiver.
They hope educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, thier families and caregivers. Barbara and Melissa's relationship, compassion and humor are inspirational.
We love them and thank them for their humanity and generosity of spirit.
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