Fandango’s Provocative Question #27

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“If you could choose one — and only one — particular malady, condition, or disease for which a safe and effective treatment was available, what one condition would you choose to treat and why is that your choice?”

If there could be a cure for one disease in the world, I would choose Alzheimer’s. Other diseases deprive you of your life. Alzheimer’s deprives you of yourself. I can’t imagine a worse fate than being trapped inside myself, losing my personality, intelligence, memory, mobility and dignity–and having my loved ones witness this. I’ve watched this happen with my sister and will seize any means to keep it from happening to me. I’ve speculated that perhaps you just go into an interior world that is magical in its own way, but I think that is really just wishful thinking. In truth, I fear it the most of anything, as by the time you are in its throes, there is really nothing that can be done. With other diseases, you have a choice… attempt a cure, and if it doesn’t work, choose a bridge to jump off or a pill to take. With Alzheimer’s, unless you make this choice early-on, it is too late.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #27

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    Garry’s mother and a couple of my aunts and cousins all got there. But they weren’t unhappy … just a bit lost. I think it has a lot to do with getting decent CARE. A lot of dementia victims are treated in horrible places.

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  2. Fandango

    I agree with your choice. I would hate to be relatively physically intact but mentally checked out. And I would hate to be a burden to my family, although I might not even recognize them, much less understand that I’m a burden.

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  3. XingfuMama

    I agree whole heartedly. It also causes fear in people as they age. My father’s stress when he forgets things, which we all sometimes do, is magnified by his memories of his father’s dementia.

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  4. Noreen Klupsch

    So very sad, but true! Noreen 👍🏻

    On Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 12:36 AM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: ” “If you could choose one — and only one — particular > malady, condition, or disease for which a safe and effective treatment was > available, what one condition would you choose to treat and why is that > your choice?” If there could be a cure for one disease” >

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  5. momshieb

    I would have to choose childhood leukemia. My friends lost a daughter at the tender age of 8. She spent half of her life battling this terrible disease. Children should never suffer this way.

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