Concord High School Student Creates Video About Grandma with Alzheimer’s Disease

October 12, 2012 14:00 pm · 71 comments

A Concord High School student has created a video about her Grandma, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s a very beautiful and touching video from a girl who is obviously going through a lot, watching her Grandma slowly die from this horrible disease.

Click on the “play” button to watch the video.

1 Anon2you October 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

That was very touching and very well done…As someone who is currently dealing with parents who are suffering from dementia it was very hard to watch without tears welling up in my eyes…

2 Parsnip October 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

You’re a very special granddaughter. And, I know exactly what you’re going through. I lost my father to Alzheimer’s/Dementia.

3 Claycord Fan October 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

What a beautiful tribute to her Grandma, it brought tears to my eyes. I just lost my best friend not too long ago that had Alzheimer’s and it was the hardest thing to watch her slowly going away. She will be missed but I will always remember her and our good times together.

4 Calendar Girl October 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Your video brought tears to my eyes. As sad as it is, it is also uplifting to feel the love that comes from your soul for your grandmother. Well done.

5 Miss Ranchogirl October 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I cried when I saw this video when it was first posted. I am so Glad that everyone gets to see your beautiful work! Your deep love for your Grandma is felt every second!

6 Bishop Estates October 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

My eyes ae filled with tears and I have a knot in my throat :(
What a wonderful “love letter” to her Grandmother.

7 ANNON October 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Beautiful and so touching!! Your love for her and her love for you will never die! She is blessed to have such a wonderful grandchild!! Bless you both!

8 Kat October 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Life is precious from beginning to end. It’s so wonderful to see a teenager appreciate life.

9 easy does it October 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Your timing couldnt be better for me. Thank you for taking the time, to pay tribute to a lovely lady.

10 Michelle October 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

AMAZING beautiful video. It hits home hard for me.
You are so special

11 lemon October 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Hang in there young lady, you have a good heart. Your memories of your Grandma are special and will always be with you. Some day you can tell your children what kind of a person she was and pass down some of those great memories. Take care young lady.

12 True October 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM

It’s so sad to see. We just lost or mother July,27,2012. The last seven years wear hard. That was so beautiful the way you did the video. It’s nice to know young peopel care so.

13 Daughter of Alzheimer Mom October 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

That is a beautiful tribute to your grandma! Brought tears to my eyes. Your grandma is a lucky lady to have such a great grand daughter.

14 Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

That’s sad. I can’t even watch it.

15 Mary O'Connor October 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Well…it appears someone uploaded this video for me. My grandma is currently in the process of passing and its been a heard few days. Thank you for all the support. Its nice to know I’m not alone and Ruth Gertrude McGhee, My Grandma would love this. Thank you!

16 perla October 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Beautiful video, I’m so proud of you. You brought tears to my eyes. I hope everyone gets to watch this video.

17 Sixfour 260lbs October 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Brought tears to my eyes. Bless you and your family

18 Pied October 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

That was a beautiful tribute. My father is in the end stages of Parkinson’s disease and is only 67 years old, so I know what it feels like to watch someone go slowly downhill into oblivion. You have my sympathy and my respect. Keep your chin up, it seems like your grandmother did a great job raising you – my hat is off to her.

Steve

19 Newman October 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I’ll wait and watch it at home. I don’t want to be balling at work.

Alzheimer’s has to be the worst. I can’t think of anything worse than a disease that slowly takes away who you are until you become almost a non-person, and cannot recognize your own kids. That’s just horrible.

20 jadedserf October 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

It is so hard to watch someone you care for, adore, love so much be systematically ravaged by this disease. I sure miss my beloved grandma, whose death hurt worse than anything. :`-( She was the warm sunshine that lit up my otherwise sad life. I miss her so much.

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21 anonamiss October 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

How utterly heartbreaking, yet this young woman shows enormous strength and everlasting love for the woman that has become her everything. What a poignant and wonderful tribute to her grandmother. And Mary O’Connor, your grandmother’s spirit lives on in you……

22 Helen October 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

What a very lucky Grandma she is to have a Granddaughter like you !!! Truly a beautiful tribute by a beautiful girl !!!

23 Angel's do exist October 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

That is a great video, it does hit home to many people as we have read. I had a huge conecion with my grandma after my father passed we became closer the visdeo brought back great times we had. Just remember all the good thoughts as they can never be taken away. Thank you for sharing. God Bless you and your awesome grandma!

24 Mama Junie Bug October 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

That was a very beautiful tribute to your Grandma. We lost of Grandma to Alzheimers and know exactly what you are going through. Stay strong, she will always be with you.

25 dmama October 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

oh wow, what a heartfelt, beautiful thing you have done here. I am in tears watching it….god bless

26 KA October 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Wow. Let me dry me out my eyes before I write. What an absolutely beautiful piece. I share in the care of my mother here in Clayton as well and can certainly relate to the challenges. One thing is for sure – Ms. Concord High Student – she is SO lucky to have YOU in her life. Most kids your age (and much older I’m afraid) would run away from that commitment. YOU are a very special individual and it touches my heart see such kindness. Sleep well every night knowing how wonderful you are.

27 MO October 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady by a beautiful lady. As with the rest here, my eyes are dripping with tears…I hope you know what a wonderful grand daughter that you are. Grand daughters are very special, and we Grandmothers appreciate you so much. I would be proud to have you for my Grand daughter.
My Mother is in a nursing home, and we sit and visit in the big TV room/parlor, and so many of the folks there are suffering a similar disease..and it’s very sad. I wish they all had someone like you to visit them, and care for them.
We all hope as we age that we won’t have an illness that is hard on our children, but we never know. I’d hate for my children to have to experience what you are going through. You are very brave.
Lovely video…thank you. MO

28 Liz October 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

How wonderful to be loved the way you love your grandma….she is lucky..and so are you.

29 MA58 October 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

GOD BLESS YOU!!! GRANDMA IS TRULY LOVED……………….

30 Julio-Antioch October 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Thank you for bringing this young lady to our attention. We see and hear so much about the thugs. What a wonderful adult this young woman will be. God Bless her and her family.

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31 Forever grateful October 12, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Wow!!!
Truly an amazing video you have made. Thank you for sharing this.
I just read something along the lines of…as our parents /grandparents age we are learning yet more from them.
I think most everyone would sure want you for their granddaughter! You are such an angel here on earth!

32 Parsnip October 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

And it’s a lovely reminder to anyone knowing their grandma or grandpa to really set aside time for them. Let them know just how much you do love them, and take some time to learn about the future “you.”
My grandparents came over from Europe, then returned. I’m the second generation American in my family — but I never knew my grandparents.

33 Great Job-Thanks for Sharing~ October 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Your grandma must have done a really good job raising and influencing you, and must have taught you to care for and love others. I have great admiration for your thoughtfulness in creating the video.

Additionally, I noticed something unusual about you that makes you stand out from the crowd. Your grammar and spelling in the video are exceptionally good. It seems that even recent college graduates these days often do not know how to punctuate a sentence, and you did an excellent job!

34 mohairs October 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

WOW. My eyes are filled with tears and I have a knot in my throat, too. Amazing and caring young lady. They are both very blessed to have had and still have each other. God bless you and your family and, most of all, your grandma.

35 Fantastic October 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

That was absolutely beautiful. What a lovely girl and a breath taking tribute. This lovely young lady obviously has a very bright future ahead of her.
I lost my grandfather to this tragic disease my junior year of high school, I can relate and appreciate this beautiful girl’s message.
Fantastic.

36 mb October 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tribute to your grandmother.

37 Hockey814 October 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

My prayers go out to you and you grandma…I hope she isnt in any pain…You are a wonderful Granddaughter and you have a awesome Granmda…I had a grandmother like that…iI cried The whole time she was sick because she as the best grandma caried more about family and friends then herself and would die for her family, and I didnt even get a chance to fully get to know her…I would never be able to make a awesome tribute video like you did because it just would be too hard, but hang in there its hard but its her time her suffering will end and be with her husband!

38 :( October 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

It really is refreshing to see the young people of today use their talents and pour into something that is meaningful. I can not express my feelings enough to see that the younger generation does have a connection with the older generations. I do not mean that you love your grandparents, but you truly care. There was a time that the younger folks did not show an appreciation for their elders and now this has proven there is hope for our future. It also shows that it does not take a lot of “movie magic” to make a movie that makes a huge impact. I would like to ask permission to use this video through a non profit organization and share it through our facebook page and website.
Mayor, you have my permission to release my contact info to this person.

39 jauretches October 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Hi! We all remember grandma and liked her she was always walking down to the school to pick her granddaughters up! xoxo

40 CVC Mom October 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Stay strong Mary, and know that you brought just as much love into your grandma’s life as she did into yours. You showed that to all of us in a most beautiful way in your tribute to her.

41 Grace October 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Very well done. I hope your school mates saw this. I know how hard it is to see a parent/grandparent slip away. You did a wonderful job in showing a very touching tribute to a life well lived. And you also showed the grace of a very mature person to help others put it into perspective as well.
Ironic, humans are living longer lives in quantity, but not always quality in the end, but knowing there are young folks out there that are intuitive and caring we know we are going to be in good hands as we all get older.

42 Frances October 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Grandma still loves you more than ever. Thank you for not deserting her because she can’t express her feelings. This is when she needs you most.
Bless you.

43 Kathie A October 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I know both these beautiful women,.. all the people in this family have touched my life and they are amazing. Mary you and your sister are wonderful and i am sad that you are losing your amazing grandmother.. Just yesterday i was thinking of you and Katie , and the fact that you are losing your precious Grandma made me remember how LUCKY i am , being 44 years old.. and STILL having my wonderful grandmother alive and kicking in my life. i thank you, sister and your mother for the reminder…
I hope everything is peaceful and calm.. and remember that she will always be near to your heart and watching over you.

Continue to make her proud of you.. She will never forget the love you both have for her. I am here for you if you need me.

44 Good heart October 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

God bless this young lady and her beautiful spirit and heart. God bless our mothers and grandmothers!

45 Leslie October 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Thank you, you are a wonderful person.

46 Radar October 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Thank you for sharing your wonderful love letter and tribute to your grandmother. Your an amazing young woman!

47 anon October 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Grandma, you did good. Your granddaughter is smart, sweet, and strong. What a tribute to the person you were! Blessings to you sweetheart!

48 Theyellowranger October 13, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Well put #47. Great work, very touching. Someone once said that great art only comes from someone with a personal story to tell.

49 WOW October 13, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Wow I cant say any words for you other then just hang in there and remembers the words that she has passed your way and to your children and this world well be much better place for all of us.

50 Raised In Concord October 13, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Beautiful

51 Bailey October 13, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Hey Mary, I just want you to know that I love you very much and if theres anything you need at all im a phone call away. No matter what I’m doing I can always be reached. I know it’s been really hard for you, but stay strong girlie. Everyone, people who don’t even know you are in love with you and your story. Keep your head up I love you

52 Misti October 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Absolutely beautiful video! I cried watching, my Mom has the beginning signs of dementia.
God bless

53 wow October 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM

that was so beautiful. i was trying to choke back my tears. i started thinking about if my grandma or even my own parents, heaven forbid, develops a problem like that… i don’t know what i would do. :/

54 J October 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Thank you to this young lady. The more attention these things get hopefully will turn into donations to stop it from happening to someone else. I lost my Grandparent to Parkinsons and Dementia. It is a horrible and long death. Nobody should have to go through this. Especially our beatiful “Greatest Generation”.

55 Grandma6 October 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Such love and talent. Your face sid so much. Your words so meaningful. I too would like to share this with family on Facebook.

56 Mommykinz October 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I can’t even watch this right now though I have saved it to watch in a more private moment. I have been there. Watching my grandmother suffer from this insidious disease was maddening, horrific and left us all feeling so helpless. It robbed us of our beloved grandmother while she was still there physically. She NEVER ever wanted to spend the last years of her life like that. She was the most gentle, loving person and never deserved what that disease did to her. See look, I’m crying again. I so respect this young girl for doing this video . Anything to bring awareness. I hope I can watch it. But just thinking of it, brings back my grandmother’s time like slap upside the head. Love your family, everyday. While they know it. Talk to them about their wishes now before they can’t speak for themselves.

57 nytemuvr October 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

That was beautiful, I can relate to this so much….it’s a hard thing to watch the ones you love fade…

58 Christina S October 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I love you so much, Mary. This video was something so small and is becoming something so grand, so huge. My family was greatly affected by this, and your courage is phenomenal. I could never be more proud of you. I told you that you’d make a change in the world, didn’t I? After this video, I think Alzheimer’s will be more recognized, and the word will be further spread.

59 Another from Bishop Estates October 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

What a great tribute for a grand lady, who must have done an excellent job influencing this Concord HS student…well-done! Alzheimer’s is indeed a nightmare for the loved ones & entire family involved–I know from experience, watching my own mother “disappear”–it’s like a long heartbreaking good-bye. However, when this sweet grandmother passes away, the grief you now suffer will be over–you are further along in the grief process since it started awhile ago. You will be able to treasure the fond memories of happier days forever–hang in there! It’s wonderful to know young folks care…bless you!

60 Vindex October 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Very nice tribute

61 Atticus Thraxx October 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I was watching this and got something in my eye. Both eyes actually. Damn.

62 MMM October 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Your Grandma, your best friend, your convident, your mentor would say to you, “thank you Sweetheart for being there for me, you are my world”. The bond between a granddaughter and grandmother is so very special she will always be with you in your heart and sole.

63 Melody Caughrean October 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

This happened to my mother-in-law Hazel. She was the nicest person, a wonderful grandmother. I know she recognized me the last time I saw her. She died a few days later. We all miss you Hazel.

64 Missundertaker October 13, 2012 at 7:10 PM

This is why research is so important! I too lost 2 family members to alzhimers. It’s a terrible disease. I now work for a company that does research. Donating your body to science is the only way we can prevent this, it’s so important!

65 Annon October 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

That was 1 of the sweetest things I have ever seen

66 Lara October 14, 2012 at 1:46 AM

I am a 44 year old woman that lost her grandmother at the age of 13. She had Alzheimer’s for about 5 years before she passed away. She was also like a mother to me. I never knew any other babysitters. I can remember times when she was still clear minded, so loving, patient, kind and strong,,,, when she started to forget things she was scared. So were we… It truly is a long goodbye. I miss her so very much and thanks to this young lady and the video she created I felt a little closer to my grandmother tonight. Thank you!!! Good night baba xxx ooo I love you!

67 Former Claycordian October 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I’m glad I tuned in today and saw this touching video. Thank you, young lady. Your grandma feels your love, I’m sure of it.

68 Marigold October 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Mary This is a beautiful video, Your grandmother has been a wonderful woman to all of the kids, all our love to you, Katy and your mom
Mitzi, Cheyanne and Sylvia

69 CHS mom October 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I love these kind of posts!!! Thank you Mayor.

CHS has some amazing kids if I do say so myself.

70 Me October 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM

That was absolutely beautiful. I am sitting here so deeply touched to tears. My grandmother too was my bestfriend growing up. I held her hand and sat with her until her last breath. Eventhough loosing her was the worst heartache I ever had in my life, I am so blessed to have had her love, support, and friendship in my life. I believe those who have a grandma like ours are very lucky.

71 mom2jj October 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Mary, this tribute to Grandma Ruth is so beautiful. I know she means the world to you. I admire your bravery as most teenagers would shy from spending time with someone when its difficult. How wonderful that you have this special time for your memories. Even though she cant express it, I know Ruth feels your love around her always. I hope you always share yourself the way you have with Grandma. You are a special young lady Mary. I think you have found your calling.

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