gets me every time. to real.... My grandpa suffered from Alzheimer' s in his later years. ft never really affected me, since it seemed like the "funny" kind of  sad
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My grandpa suffered from Alzheimer' s in his later years. ft never really affected me, since it seemed like the "funny" kind of Alzheimer' s. A lot of "Oh, Grandpa!" moments, like when he can' t
remember how to tie his shoes, or how to use the microwave.
After a while, though, it started getting worse. He couldn' t recognize my voice otter the phone, for example. But there was one moment that made me realize how far gone my grandfather
was.
He picked up a framed picture of him and my grandmother, who had passed away four years prior. He stared at it blankly, and I lightheartedly asked, "You like that picture, eh, Grandpa?"
He paused before replying: "Anon... who are these people?"
I froze. My grandfather couldn' t remember what his wife of years looked like. He couldn' t remember what HE looked like.
I said, "Grandpa, that' s you and Grandma. Don' t you remember?"
Again, he paused. And then he began to cry, and said, choking on , "No, Anon, no, I don' t. I don' t remember! I can' t remember! Why can' t I remember?"
ts the Alzheimer' s, Grandpa. You' re losing your memories, a-"
Alzheimer' s, I don' t care! I lived a life, I worked hard, I existed! I should know it, shouldn' t I?"
There was a long pause before he muttered: "Anon... I' m scared."
I don' t want to die."
We cried for hours.
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#6 - batsbak (05/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Normally I'm quite immune to feel stories. But this one got to me, possibly because I too have a grandpa that is on the verge of leaving us.
User avatar #8 - Ombra (05/19/2014) [+] (7 replies)
At least he was cognitive. My grandmother's Alzheimers has progressed to full blown, late stage dementia. She remembers very little, and she can barely speak any english. I have to learn French just so I know that I have to change my grandmothers diaper. I cry about it everyday.
User avatar #2 - ToastRider (05/19/2014) [+] (3 replies)
My grandma died of alzheimer's .
once , my dad (her son) and my mom took her to the hospital for a check up
my grandma asked my mom who is the guy she came with and wheres her son...

also , on the day she died , a few hours beforehand, she got herself back , she talked to my dad ,asking him what can she do in this world without memories, she cant even recognize money , she cant even go to the bathroom by herself. she said noone deserves to live like this. after my dad and my mom calmed her down ,she went to sleep, and died.
#31 - boxofwonderz (05/20/2014) [+] (1 reply)
My great-grandma was funny when she got alzheimers. She was 90 the day she died, but up until that point she was fine. She was just VERY forgetful. So what we would do is sit down and tell her a joke. Wait ten minutes and tell it again. She would laugh like she had never heard it. We could sit there for hours and do that, both of us enjoying it. She also would try to teach us curse words in Italian for some reason. Only bad part was she would always ask what our age was.   
   
Also she thought computers where amazing (if only she could see them now)
My great-grandma was funny when she got alzheimers. She was 90 the day she died, but up until that point she was fine. She was just VERY forgetful. So what we would do is sit down and tell her a joke. Wait ten minutes and tell it again. She would laugh like she had never heard it. We could sit there for hours and do that, both of us enjoying it. She also would try to teach us curse words in Italian for some reason. Only bad part was she would always ask what our age was.

Also she thought computers where amazing (if only she could see them now)
#22 - dovakiin (05/20/2014) [-]
My grandpa also had Alzheimer's. He only recognized me out of my siblings because I looked so much like my dad, his son.
My grandpa also had Alzheimer's. He only recognized me out of my siblings because I looked so much like my dad, his son.
User avatar #23 - mechgeek (05/20/2014) [+] (1 reply)
My grandfather was the greatest man I knew, he could fill an entire room with just his personality. I could probably fill this entire site section with fond memories I have from him from childhood, and fill this entire website with stories I've read from other people - and all of them are amazing and happy. But I'll keep this short.
He was an astonishingly intelligent and talkative man, he had a photographic memory and would tell you an interesting story about any subject or topic you could think of. But after he had his stroke he barely talked, would barely answer questions and he just became this lesser version of himself, but with slight echos still there. Those stories became mumbles, his personality became feeble, his memory turned to forgetfulness. But if you looked into his eyes you could see that he would try so hard to be him, it's like he was stuck in a cage trying to get out.
He was also one of the people to help write lord of the rings 'The Inklings', he helped come up with elvish, was taught by tolkien at university, could speak elvish and was friends with everyone in that group. He was very dear friends with the other inklings and has diaries and memoirs talking about all of them with so much fondness. In the nursing home he'd still get letters. And one day he got a letter, read it and was stunned with silence - he couldn't utter a word and was shaking, as if this piece of paper was keeping him afloat in the middle of an ocean. Of course my gran and aunt asked him what it was, and he was just about to answer 'It's the inklings, they're having a reunion at the old pub - they want me there.' it was the closest thing that anyone had seen of him being himself since the stroke. He wanted so badly to see them, but because of his condition none of the medical staff would go with him because it was too much of a risk.
He never got to see any of the inklings, he died months afterwards.
#51 - xrangerx (05/20/2014) [-]
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#30 - itsmewaffle ONLINE (05/20/2014) [-]
Thanks OP.
#53 - samoaspider ONLINE (05/20/2014) [-]
I read the title "gets me every time" (expecting a funny story)   
read the whole thing   
mfw another crying story going for frontpage
I read the title "gets me every time" (expecting a funny story)
read the whole thing
mfw another crying story going for frontpage
#7 - thesweetscientist (05/19/2014) [-]
God ******* damn it...
#55 - Dember ONLINE (05/20/2014) [-]
Hoping to cheer everyone up after the feels

I know it's just as horrible...but you laughed anyway.
#40 - theluppijackal (05/20/2014) [-]
My grandma died a few years ago. Lung cancer. The worst part was I wanted to go down and see her when my mom was visiting her, telling her it was okay to let go.   
She died the very next day. I missed my chance to see her last.
My grandma died a few years ago. Lung cancer. The worst part was I wanted to go down and see her when my mom was visiting her, telling her it was okay to let go.
She died the very next day. I missed my chance to see her last.
#39 - bogsrin (05/20/2014) [-]
MY grand mother had a stroke. during her "recovery" she took drugs that made her hallucinate. I have at least 3 conversations with me grandmother that she dose not recall...
User avatar #61 - thedesignerisdead (07/07/2014) [-]
my grandma got her toe amputated recently and she has the alz. everday we explain to her that it was amputated. recently she has been making up stories of how she lost it. funny **** .
#35 - tapeworms (05/20/2014) [-]
I volunteer in an Alzheimer's clinic and the patients there say things like this all the time. It's so sad.
I volunteer in an Alzheimer's clinic and the patients there say things like this all the time. It's so sad.
#34 - coconuthat (05/20/2014) [-]
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User avatar #15 - perform (05/20/2014) [-]
Thank god I don't know my grandparents. I don't want to feel this feel.
#13 - hmeyer ONLINE (05/20/2014) [-]
My grandmother has alzheimers and lives with us now after my grandfather passed away. The only thing she really consistently remembers is my grandfather. It breaks my heart how helpless she feels . Truly a terrible disease
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