My grandma Delmonico was my best friend and my whole wide world, I have always wanted to be just like her. When I was in grade seven my grandma lost her life to Alzheimer’s. Before heaven took her pain away, she struggled. The hardest part was watching someone who you look up to your whole life slowly stop remembering you. Once my grandma went to heaven, life hit me really hard and I was lost and did not know how to move forward without my best friend in my life.
As I have grown older I started doing more research on Alzheimer’s as I was so young when my grandma got worse and passed away. Last year my Planning class group raised awareness about Alzheimer’s; I have never been able to talk about my grandma passing away without breaking down in tears but today I read in my local paper that in Coquitlam we have a new program at our Dogwood Pavilion that provides programs for those with early stages of dementia. They do both physical and mental fitness. Since 2008 the program has expanded into 27 communities across British Columbia. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, I pray every day that one will come. For my family, we lost a friend, wife, mother, grandmother and best friend. For those whose family member has Alzheimer’s, know that you are not alone and that when their time comes to leave Earth, they will no longer live in pain. Every second is still a struggle without my grandma here but I will see her one day.