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Walking for Gmama

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Kristin Harris

THE STORY:

My grandmother was diagnosed with dementia in 2011, and just over 1 year after that she passed away. Dementia is such a heartbreaking disease. I can remember right before my grandmother was diagnosed that she was showing a lot of signs and they came on quickly. She was extremely paranoid. She had mentioned to me several times that my mother was trying to take her stuff or move her stuff to make her think she was going crazy. I did my best to try and explain to her that wasnt the case, but it just made her feel worse and more confused. Her condition rapidly progressed until she was telling stories that never happened, talking to herself, and refusing to move from her bed.

I was living in Germany at the time of her diagnosis. Before I left to move overseas, my grandmother had showed no signs of any health issues. As a matter of fact, she was one of the healthiest 'old' people I had ever known. Nevertheless, I decided to get a generation picture taken, which included my grandmother, mother, myself, and my daughter. I told everyone I wanted to do this just in case, but I assumed everyone would be fine when I moved back in 3 years. That picture was the last time that all of us sat in a room together before my grandmother was diagnosed.

I had always been very close to my grandmother, but our relationship grew significantly since I gave birth to my daughter, Audryana. I could remember staying the night with my grandmother and her reading my favorite books to me over and over again. I read those same books to my daughter. I really looked up to her and she had always been there for me. She was truly my rock. And of course I cannot forget to mention the fact she had always told me she knew everything, and I knew it to be true.

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