Dop Troutman recalls idolizing The Carol Burnett Show as a child, and would jokingly refer to her as his girlfriend. Even though Alzheimer’s has taken most of his father’s memories away, this past Thanksgiving while watching Burnett receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on TV, it sparked a memory in his father...you know, we can’t spoil it. Just read the letter, please. Then prepare yourself, possibly with some tissues, for the equally touching response.
Those who have been affected by Alzheimer’s know that moments of clarity can be hard to come by, making any recollection, no matter how seemingly insignificant, a cause for hope and celebration. It lets you know that, deep down, the person you love is still there, no matter how much suffering the disease may cause.
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Resources: Alzheimer’s Association