Losing My Mother Again and Again: My Story With Alzheimer’s Disease

Losing My Mother Again and Again: My Story With Alzheimer’s Disease

My mom was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease when she was 57.

It started small. When we spoke on the phone, I noticed she became disconnected and couldn’t follow the conversation the way she once could — at the time, I couldn’t put my finger on it. It wasn’t until she got lost in her hometown, the place where she was a real estate broker for 25 years, that my family realized there was something seriously wrong. We chose to visit a specialist at Rush Memorial Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, where we learned the devastating news that my mom was in her second stage of Alzheimer’s. It struck with excruciating force.

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