Alzheimer’s is a scary disease with devastating effects and one Reddit user shared a photo that offers a glimpse into just how difficult living with the disease can be. It is a type of progressive dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. The user from Camden, New Jersey, posted a photo that shows how Alzheimer affected the ability of her mother to crochet, something she used to love and enjoy doing. On the devastating photograph, you can see crocheted squares made during the 2 years after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer.
The Reddit user Wuillermania wrote, “She would sit with her needles and just rework pieces of yarn, so these were things she was “working” on I guess, in a very loose way. She made squares for a while, then the circles, then the little pieces of crochet, until she got to the point where she just carried around the needles and yarn in her purse”
“The progression of Alzheimer’s through my mom’s crocheting” the 34-year-old Sara shared this heartbreaking photo on Reddit.
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“It has been a few years since she was able to speak and several since she was able to identify who I am,” user Wuillermania wrote.
Also, it looks like Sara’s mother is now 66 years old. That means she has survived 12 years of the terrifying disease.
Other users showed their support and told their painful experiences with the disease in the comments.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is not reversible, and there is no known cure. Someone suffering from dementia may show changes in their mood or behavior. However, not all dementia is due to Alzheimer’s.
If you suspect that someone you love may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s, or if you’re having trouble coping with a loved one already affected by the disease – call the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.