Jan 28, 2012

A Farewell story

'I will never get her off my mind'

Alzheimer's Reading Room

I read about Hans and Gloria Gosch on the Reading Eagle in a wonderful, heart warming story written by Mike Urban.

There were many sentences and quotes in this story that just stuck out and resonated to me.

I think many, maybe most, Alzheimer's caregivers will find bits of themselves while reading about Hans and his feelings.

I hope you will take the time to read the story, and then come back here and give us your reaction in the Add New Comment box below this article. You won't be wasting your time.

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Here are a few snips from the story.

"It was like we were glued together," Hans said. "It was absolutely wonderful. This is a woman I really loved."

'Forget perfection'

"When it got to the point where she no longer knew me, it was tough," he said. "It was really tough."

As the disease took hold, Hans kept reminding himself that Gloria was still the woman he'd known so long, and he wished he could do more to help her.

"I'm not a child," she'd yell. "I can do a lot of things. Get out of here. Go to hell."

"I absolutely cannot watch her all the time. It's impossible."

'I will never get her off my mind'

To read the story on the Reading Eagle website as it was printed go here.

To read a beautiful rendering of the story go here.

Tip of the hat to Mike Urban.

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room