A Heart So Pure


When I watched global health and development expert Alanna Shaikh‘s TED Talk I was very moved.  Alana spoke about her very real fear of getting Alziehmer’s, as she watched her father deteriorate from this illness.  So Alanna, while taking preventive measures,   has decided that she will prepare herself for it  by changing what she does for fun, improving her physical strength and trying to become a better person.

This particular line in her talk struck me deeply:

“I need a heart so pure that if it’s stripped bare by dementia, it will survive.” — Alanna Shaikh

Thankfully, Alziehmer’s doesn’t run in my family. But living long does. So I too would like to focus on improving the quality of my life, so that I can live a fruitful life. But most importantly, I too want a heart so pure that it will survive anything!




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  1. I have a teacher of mine who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and it is really heartening to see her go through this!

    I don’t know if it is genetic and all – but I know one thing the fear of such things should not deter us from trying to live our life to the fullest and in the most healthiest way we can for physical dependency is something none of us deal with however strong we are!
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  2. She was very inspiring Corinne ! Loved listening to her !

    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Thanks for sharing.
    My brother- in law spends time regularly with such patients.
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  4. Beautiful quote!! Yes a heart so pure it can survive anything!
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  5. My husband and I lived with and took care of his grandmother until she passed from this dreadful disease, along with Parkinson’s. My heart went out to my husband the day she asked him who he was. It’s an awful disease…I pray someday they find a cure. And I definitely think it’s great to try to take as many preventative measures as possible, especially if it runs in one’s family. Like eating right, abstaining from alcohol..also, keeping the mind active via meditation and memorization of passages.

    You might find this study interesting, if you aren’t aware of it already. :)


    Great post. :)
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    • Thank you for sharing, Jessica. I think the time our loved ones forget who we are must the hardest. Thank you for sharing other activities to keep one’s mind active. Thanks for sharing the link too, Jessica. I hadn’t seen it before.

  6. My father is suffering with Alzheimer’s – his mother had it as do both of his siblings. I’m praying that I got my mother’s genes in that department . . . But, whatever happens in the future, I, too, would wish for a pure heart . . . “Create in my a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.”
    Blessings, Corinne!
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  7. I love the punch line. It was the same with my mom. She was so loving, it was evident by the number of people who came to visit her in the hospital. And, that’s also the reason I exercise and try to be as active a possible….buying my time, cos’ genes sucks when it comes to inheriting diseases.

  8. Lynne Watts

    Alzheimers is a devastating disease that can totally change someone’s personality. Not only does someone not know the other important people in their life but in many ways they don’t know themselves either. It can involve paranoia, anxiety, confusion etc. My mother suffered from it and the person she became was nothing like the person she was before the disease. I can certainly relate to Alanna’s fear. I think about it often myself.

  9. I once took care of a patient with Alzheimer’s… it’s not so easy ;)

    Sometimes, I’d think what if I lose ‘my’ head… would I still be loveable and what words would be coming out of my mouth?

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