- Jun 26, 2014
- Avenue Q in the US
My dad's oldest brother died yesterday. It's sad because he had Alzheimer's really bad but in a way it good he isn't suffering anymore. The past seven years have been particularly bad. I saw him last Father's Day and it was sort of painful to see him. He just sat in his motorized wheelchair staring off into space and not really knowing what was happening. He was the relative I saw the most after my Aunt Hailey. It's interesting that while my grandpa was married twice and had nine children, my sister and I never had to go to a funeral because one of them died. We grew up with literally all our aunts and uncles on both sides. Uncle Bill had the disease for almost twenty years and it must have been awful for him to slowly decline and suffer. The progression was slowed down for about four years but it rapidly grew about seven years ago. My Aunt Hailey and dad assured me though that the disease came from his biological mother's side and not from my grandpa or grandma who was his second wife. She also told me that my grandpa didn't have the disease but his memory loss was a result of injuring his head after falling a few times. So my sister and I have less of a chance of getting Alzheimer's. I'm sad but in a way relieved that he isn't suffering anymore. The crazy part is that his twin brother's son and family is visiting the US from Spain. Goodbye Uncle Bill.