Alzheimer’s disease is perhaps one of the most misunderstood diseases in existence today.
It’s often misdiagnosed, with no accurate test to determine if an individual is afflicted, and sadly there’s no cure or one treatment option that works for everyone.
Alzheimer’s progression is often heart breaking to watch, as the person you once knew slowly disappears into a world of their own.
The internet is filled with information and tools regarding the disease from not only medical professionals, but caregivers as to what approaches, medication combinations and support programs have shown positive responses.
It’s a wonderful way to unite caregivers and educate families based on individual experiences towards a disease no one has any definitive answers on.
But what all this information really provides is something everyone needs – hope.
As I said there are no definitive answers, and therefore no reason not to explore as many options as possible until you find something that shows some progress. While it might not completely cure your loved one today, perhaps in the future repetitive findings might help your children or their children better understand and possibly even cure this disease.
In Nicholas Sparks popular love story The Notebook, which highlights Alzheimer’s disease, he writes:
“I realize the odds, and science, are against me. But science is not the total answer; this I know, this I have learned in my lifetime. And that leaves me with the belief that miracles, no matter how inexplicable or unbelievable, are real and can occur without regard to the natural order of things.”
Many times hope is all you’re left with at the end of the day. “Science is not the total answer”. That means there’s absolutely nothing preventing us from believing and hoping that someday the information and tools found online could morph into an actual cure.