I am working on a new project dealing with memory and how ones mind can just disappear. It is hard to imagine suffering from a disease where memories you never thought could fade just seem to slip away. The memories and stories that make-up the person you are, or once were become distorted and confusing, coming in and out of focus, then eventually disappearing altogether.
For the last several years my grandmother suffered from dementia before passing away in December. The disease began slowly with her, first just forgetting names, but being able to recall so many stories and sayings from long ago, or even recently, to eventually taking everything and leaving the memories and stories to be remembered and recounted by the ones she loved most.