FPQ27: Where’d My Fandango?

Fandango provocatively asks…

“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?”

I choose to eliminate Alzheimer’s. It not only steals any joy and dignity from the patient’s final years, but it’s such an awful burden in every way on their loved ones. It’s better to die of cancer or heart disease imo than to waste away from this hideous mind-melter.

My mother’s death was a shocking tragedy because no one expected this vibrant person to get suddenly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but she was 75. I guess that isn’t really so shocking to someone outside the family. We all just assumed she would live much longer. But as awful as that was, at least it was over quickly.

My father however spent around a dozen years fading away as his once formidable brainpower weakened from dementia. His memory and thoughts became jumbled, and he reacted with confusion and anger. He became susceptible to every con artist that knocked on the door (and those evil assholes know to prey on the senior community). After my mom passed, he immediately jumped into a new romance, asking a woman to marry him after dating for only a couple months. (She said no.) Then he began getting lost and needing more care, often forgetting who people were, and which ones were still alive.

It was so hard on all of us. I hope hope hope I do not burden my children with this horror! Just shoot me.

No, not yet. 😜

23 responses to “FPQ27: Where’d My Fandango?

  1. I hope that you never have to suffer this debilitating fate again Paula.

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  2. Oh, Paula… I’m so terribly sorry for the losses you have experienced. I agree with you, that Alzheimer’s steals the dignity of a person soul way before their time. Between that and cancer. Such horrible diseases.
    God Bless You, Dear.

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  3. I agree with you, Paula.

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  4. I opted for dementia for the same reasons.

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  5. It is very painful to watch a loved one going through this disease and losing memory.

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  6. That would be my choice, as well. I’d hate the thought of being physically sound (relatively speaking) but being mentally lost. I agree: just shoot me.

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  7. I have several people in my family who have had Alzheimer’s, and of course Glen Campbell died of it a while back. Others have had dementia that wasn’t Alzheimer’s. It really is a terrible disease and causes nothing but heartache for the families. Good choice of a disease to get rid of.

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    • I guess I could have chosen dementia generally. It’s all bad/sad. My dad was on Aracept for a while, but it was started late, and he forgot to take it anyway. Then he got into a mindset of disliking medication.

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  8. I would choose dementia too. My mother died of pancreatic cancer as well. My father suffered depression and chose to end his life quite early when I was a teenager.

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  9. You have experienced such hard loss… God bless you with healthy, long life ahead.

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  10. I hope we or our loved ones never have to face these horrors.
    Alzeihmer’s is probably what I fear most, as i grow older.
    There are many good prevention techniques like learning a new skill or a new language.

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