Blue.River.Apple. – An exploration of Alzheimer's through poetry
Dementia translates as "deprived of mind." Confirmation that I was to follow in my father's footsteps jarred me in ways I never imagined.
Since hearing the news, You have early on-set Alzheimer's disease," I awaken between 3 and 5 in the early morning hours. Zero dark thirty is when my eyes fly open and I'm full-on awake. The words that normally tumble off my tongue now flow feverishly by pencil over a yellow-lined pad as though I am possessed. And I write what I call, reality poetry. An inside view of an outside reality that brings understanding to both sides of a difficult issue.
It is through my stepping up, speaking out, and sharing my own very personal thoughts and feelings that will emancipate the stigma attached to the growing numbers of us relegated to a diminishing memory. It gives purpose to feelings of less then, and bolsters a stubborn ruggedness in me for a worthwhile fight to maintain dignity, honor and respect...for us all. And if I can help others in their journey, I am grateful to be of service.
About Nancy Nelson (Las Vegas, Nevada Author)