I had a friend who was not only my closest friend. She was also my mentor, and she helped me in so many areas of my professional and personal lives. I don't like to think how different my life would have been had she not been about of it. She was like an older sister, an aunt and a mother to me. When I learned she had Alzheimer's I was devastated.
There are many symptoms that are so difficult to watch with the disease. Most people are familiar with how Alzheimer's patients forget names and faces of the people closest to them. Of course, this is difficult to see, but one of the toughest things to watch was her aspiration pneumonia. One of her caregivers said it was like her body had forgotten how to eat. She simply could not get her food to go down the way it was meant to.