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Losing My Mind


Do you ever feel like you are losing your mind, Stand up and speak ~ would you feel so inclined. Enter a room and ask yourself why you are there, Re-tracing every step, trying to become aware. Or telling a great story then you get halfway, You think, now what exactly was I going to say. Drive to the grocery store to buy a thing or two, Once home you find you forgot the main item, stew. You meet a friend in the store, you know her face, What’s her name ~ you feel like such a disgrace. You plan a dinner for friends that cannot be missed, But you have to write all the menu details on a list. Ask your husband a question and he answers no, Now did he say yes or no, I forget, ~ oh say it isn’t so. Friends reassuringly say its your age, it’s just stress, I worry for my family, terrified for myself, I must confess. My Mom died of Alzheimer's, a disease of the mind The loss of mental function and quality of life is unkind There’s nothing that can be done, so I sit and wait To see if I will end up like my mother, a terrible fate. *The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer Disease. It estimated there are 35.6 million people with dementia worldwide. The economic cost is $604 billion (US dollars) in 2010. * Reference: World Alzheimer Report 2010. Alzheimer Disease International. Written by Lee Ramage September 13, 2011 For Debbie Guzzi’s Contest “Unmentionables” Won 7th place

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  1. Date: 9/21/2011 12:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Lee. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 9:21:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning piece ... You have captured the essense of the contest perfectly...your poet friend Michael

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/18/2011 11:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Michael. Lee
  1. Date: 9/17/2011 3:36:00 AM
    Congratulations on your accomplished place in the contest "unmentionables"...CR

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/18/2011 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Caryl. Lee
  1. Date: 9/17/2011 12:24:00 AM
    Lee this is really powerful-I really like how you bring issues to us in such a creative way. I really have a feeling (and I'm almost always right) that you will not get this awful disease. Thanks for sharing your lovely poem and congrats. on your success.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/18/2011 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Natalie. Lee
  1. Date: 9/16/2011 11:48:00 PM
    Congrats Lee on an outstanding win with this fabulous entry luv.. superb...

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/18/2011 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Linda-Marie. Lee
  1. Date: 9/16/2011 10:16:00 PM
    I think this write came out just right and a timely focus on a growing issue in all our lifes..thanks so much for letting us/me know we're/i'm not alone...light & love

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/18/2011 11:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Debbie. Lee
  1. Date: 9/16/2011 7:44:00 PM
    This tears my heart, for who, out of any of us, has not been touched my a family member who has been stricken with Alzheimer's disease?....and in it's terrible aftermath....we wonder and worry. I can remember when it didn't have a name...it was something our grandparents and great grandparents may have suffered, and yet, we did not know or understand. Such an honest heart-wrenching poem, Lee....it will touch many other hearts.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/18/2011 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Carrie, Lee
  1. Date: 9/16/2011 2:55:00 PM
    Scary indeed! Yikes as I read this, I couldn't help but be able to relate-- sometimes I really get scared with my own forgetfulness... Alzheimer's is such a frightening disease... thanks for sharing about this and also for passing by my poems.. congrats on all your wins :D

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/16/2011 5:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Nikko, I really enjoy your poems. Alzheimers is a very scary disease, only hope it bypasses me. Take care Lee
  1. Date: 9/15/2011 10:20:00 PM
    Lee ,I am a little scared of this horrid disease too. I can't think of much worse than to lose your freaking mind. My stepfather died so slowly of it. It's a great hardship on your kin. I would feel so angry if I got this. I hope you will be spared! Good one for the contest.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/15/2011 10:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea. I sure hope I don't get it too, that's my daily prayer. Missed PS this week being away. I needed my daily chuckles from you. Take care Lee
  1. Date: 9/15/2011 9:25:00 AM
    Good work to bring awareness to the illness..I heard on the radio the other day that there is now an insulin that one sprays into the nose..The manufacturers found in the study of the med that if a person had Alzheimer's Disease that this med stopped and reversed the illness..I don't know what stage it is in the testing process..Good luck in Debbie's contest..Reads like a winner.. Your presence at my work was very uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 9/14/2011 11:49:00 AM
    So sad to learn of your Mother suffering with this dread disease Lee but an excellent expression of the emotional stages others go through dealing with this... much success in the contest .. everyone needs to read your lines to be more aware luv..

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/14/2011 2:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Linda-Marie for your kind words. It is very sad and a horrible disease. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Lee