My mother was diagnosed with AD when i was 16 years old and in my junior year of high school. At that time she was only 44/45 years old. It's now 4 years and i'm on the verge of my 20th birthday and still haven't come to a way of how to deal with my mothers illness. She is currently 48 and lives with me in the house we've lived in for the past 9 years. Im her only child but all of our immediate family live close by and help if and when they can. The biggest help currently is my grandmother but i'm worried that with the stress that this situation is putting on her that she land herself in either the hospital or worse.
The problem that i have is that instead of facing it head on i like to turn away and i'm ashamed of that. i want to learn to (if there a way to learn) a way that helps me face the problem head on instead of running away like i have in the past. the other part thats hard for me is why now? i could understand maybe if she was older but my mother is 48 years of age and is diagnosed with a disease that is most commonly found in people way older than her and because of this i was wondering is there was anyone else on this forum that had a loved one diagnosed as young as she is or if it actually a rare occurance.
thank you for your time and care,