My fingers hover over the keyboard. I can’t remember why. I look at unfamiliar walls. If I was meant to type my name they will be sorely disappointed. I don’t know that either.
Written for the Trifextra Weekend Challenge – I am terrified of losing the ability to coax words and memories from my brain. Alzheimer’s Disease scares me to death.
(On now to our quick little Trifextra prompt. Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia, wrote, “It’s like the smarter you are, the more
things can scare you.” We are looking for a 33-word explanation of what scares
you (or your character). We already know you’re intelligent, so, according to
Paterson, you should have no shortage of potential subject matter.)
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Wow. That is a frightening thought. Not knowing yourself. Well played 33.
Thank you very much.
Yikes! Frightening to most of us. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading.
One of those “unmentionables” that no one wants to face or think about.
One of my absolute worst fears.
This broke my heart. This is a fear I don’t even voice. Here’s why…my grandma’s biggest fear was losing her mind, because that’s what happened to her mother, who died at a fairly young age. My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but the family never told her because it would’ve ruined what was left of her life. My mom has some memory lapses that worry me, and I’m scared it will be waiting for me when I get older.
Janna….I’m so sorry that this resonated with you so much.
Oh yes! That is also one of my terrors, besides blindness…my mamaw had Alzheimer’s…as I get older and memory begins to fail me at times…a chill goes down my spine.
I have a very good memory and it scares me to death that this gift could be gone and not even realize it.
I really know what you mean. I’m one of those persons who can remember even dreams from when I was like 2 years old. Recently I have had memory holes and its an unpleasant novelty.
This is heartbreaking work.
It was a tough subject in 33 words.
The problem with Alzheimer’s disease, you don’t always see it coming until it is too late.
Nobody on my mothers side of the family suffered from it, but it struck my mother down, and after a spell in hospital was informed she had the disease, and was unfit to return home. Now she resides in a Nursing Home. It is hard to see her like this, for she mainly talks of the past, her hearing all but gone, her interest with the outside world, all but gone. Her sight is limited, and her mobility reduced.
I just hope it is an odd case in the family, for I would hate to go through what she is going through at present, it is such a dreadful disease for patient and family!
I wish the best for your mom and for your family.
That would be scary.
The thought terrifies me.
We share a terror, it seems. There’s no logical reason, no genetic marker, but every time my partner tells a story I should remember, and don’t, I go cold.
It has no genetic reflection for me either, but the thought terrifies me.
That fear… I could not even formulate it… you gave me shivers
It’s an awful thing to always have in the back of my mind.
Big time scare, that one!
Especially since I use my imagination every day….it’s horrifying.
I think the fact that there’s nothing anyone can do about it too is what is the scariest of all. Nicely done!
You’ve got my vote. Not only is this a fear I can absolutely relate to, but you’ve told it in a way that feels like a story. Great job. Thanks for linking up.
Thanks very much. 🙂
I’m actually a bit worried I’ll live long enough to lose my mind.
Geez….I hope so. It will probably take me that long to get my ass down there to meet you guys!!