It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I really had to say, “Yes,” I do have Alzheimer’s. I had read of signs that indicate Alzheimer’s, like getting overly upset for no reason and having trouble with names and directions. But I still didn’t think it was a problem for me. But in hindsight … for too long, I’ve been getting lost driving, having trouble keeping days straight, and difficulties with names and schedules. Still, I still felt I could handle it – “It won’t get worse.” But this morning, I started reading about the mid-stage of Alzheimer’s, in hopes of preparing myself better, and realize I’m not very far away. That is most scary! But, I have to accept it.
– Elaine’s letter to her “dear loved ones,” dated March 11, 2009