She Filmed Her Mom With Alzheimer's Each Time She Told Her She Was Pregnant, And The Results Are Moving

"It was adorable how my mom reacted every time."

When Christine Stone found out that she was pregnant, she was excited to share the news with her family. When it came to telling her mom, Setsuko Harmon, Stone ended up telling her multiple times, sometimes numerous times a visit. This is because Harmon has Alzheimer's, "a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years." It begins with memory loss and leads to people losing language skills, behavioral changes, and losing the ability to react to their environments.

Stone ended up recording her 77-year-old mom's different reactions to the pregnancy announcements and compiled them into a video. After initially sharing the video only on her private Facebook page, she decided to share the video online for everyone to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's.

And all of Harmon's reactions to the pregnancy announcement are heartwarming.

Stone's mom has previously fought cancer battles and began experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease about a decade ago. She is now cared for by her husband with the help of her daughter.

Stone told HuffPost about her decision to film her mom. She stated, "I wanted to have a video for my daughter to see how excited my mom was for her arrival and how she was loved by her. I also thought it was adorable how my mom reacted every time."

She elaborated to Today:

"I wanted to show people, yes, it’s a terrible disease, but you can still find moments of joy through it."

Stone hopes that those who view the video take some time to appreciate their parents. Furthermore, she hopes that it inspires people to donate to find a cure and/or to participate in their local Walk to End Alzheimer's, like she and her mom do.

Stone's message is very relevant given that it is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's in 2017. Furthermore, it's calculated that 1 in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's dementia.

To find out more about Alzheimer's, visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

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