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Saying Goodbye

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Saying Goodbye

Author Josh Weed

This personal essay describes the discovery that the author's mother has early-onset Alzheimer's. The particulars of how this dread disease unfolds and how it steals a relative away from loved ones while the body is still alive is poignantly detailed. Alzheimer's sufferers do sometimes have moments of lucidity. The ultimate lesson is that we need to use those opportunities to tell stricken family members we love them before it is too late—and also to say goodbye.