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I Want | Alzheimer’s in the First Person | Barbara Taylor Vaughan
I want to run away, I want to get into a car and drive away. Not tell anyone where I’m going. I want to drive until I get too tired to drive any longer..then check into a hotel and sleep all day…order room service and then get up and drive again…drive until I want to stop.
I want to go south, go through the mountains, all the way to the ocean. I want to eat when I want to, sleep when I want to…not worry about anything. I want to meet new people, visit old friends along the way, and wave at strangers.
I want to trade my car in for a convertible, put the top down, and even drive with the top down if it is sprinkling rain. I want to wear a scarf around my neck, an orange one, one that blows in the breeze. I want to get to Florida, walk barefoot in the sand and watch the ocean for hours. I want to eat all the foods I’m not supposed to, go into a bar and order drinks for the house, twice. I want to play poker, and win.
I am 89 and I have Alzheimer’s, I don’t drive anymore, I can’t even walk without assistance…but I still have wants.
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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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