The first time I know about Alzheimer is through The Grey’s Anatomy. At that time, I was probably in junior or senior high school. Watching the show, I identify myself with Meredith Grey and Mer’s mother have Alzheimer.
Growing up, I realized that Alzheimer is a one fugly disease. Having Alzheimer is even scarier than having cancer. How can you forget the life you live? How can you forget yourself? And everytime someone argue with me between what is worse between cancer or Alzheimer, I give them a long speech about it. In my opinion, if you have cancer, there still a cure for it. Even if you are dying, you still remember who you are and allowing yourself to have a quality life with the loved ones.
Imagine if you don’t remember anything? You don’t know who you are or who is your family. It would be hurt for you and the loved ones too. Up until now, I don’t know if I have risk to develop Alzheimer but im actively reading any material related to it.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend Regional Seminar in Parkway Cancer Center about its latest technology to beat cancer. They said that with the development of technology using radiation, you still can keep your appereance intact (you still can have your breast or hair). It also can perform some sort of magic (as I called it) on brain cancer by removing the tumor or cancer cell using radiation. It is minimum risk and higher chance of surviving.
The question then pop in my head, can this make you prone to Alzheimer or is the new technology gave us a new hope on Alzheimer. Dr Lee Kuo Ann and Dr Yang Tuck Loong who were in charge of the seminar told me nope to both question. Radiation don’t make you prone to Alzheimer. And up until now, there is still no study stating that radiation can be used to cure Alzheimer. Though dr. Ann stated that he having the same theory as me that someday radiation can cure Alzheimer. But still, no study or trial ever done to test it.
And sometimes, we only have hope and my hope is someday we will have cure for Alzheimer.
P.S.: If you interested on Alzheimer, you can read material form theatlantic.com or watching film like “Still Alice,” to give you a glimpse about Alzheimer.