Life Lesson from an Alzheimer’s Patient

There is no one I know who is happier than my mother-in-law.

She has Alzheimer’s.

Only her memory is affected.  She can remember what she wore on Tuesday April 5, 1953, but she does not remember watching her husband of 62 years die in front of her eyes from a stroke 18 months ago.

She remembers every detail of her daughter’s birth…how long she was in labor, what day of the week it was, how much she weighed….  But she does not remember that this same daughter disowned the family in 1982 and hasn’t spoken to her since.

She lives in the immediate present, is thankful for what she has, is unable to remember what makes her sad or angry, and is hopeful for the future.

While we can’t forget  the bad things in our life or people who have wronged us, we can try to move past them.  And maybe if we try, we can succeed enough to gain a little bit of the elusive happiness we are all searching for.

Life lesson learned.



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8 replies

  1. this is a saddening post. but those three lines toward the end are probably the best thoughts on this one. but there is a thing about happiness, you need to get used to it yourself. otherwise there are enough situations and circumstances in life that are always ready to ruin anything that is going well.

  2. Innocence returned, I guess. And living in the now. It’s that damned conscious brain of mine that gets in my way.

  3. So sorry something terrible happened to you, but so glad you were able to forgive…and find peace. It’s one of those lessons you have to learn for yourself, unfortunately

  4. I so agree with you. When I was little something terrible awful have happened to me but I learned that with the forgiveness came elusive happiness and that taught me the biggest life lesson ever.

  5. This brought a tear to my eye…this woman is a lesson for us all. Thank you for sharing and making a difference in my day today.

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