All Stories, Literally Reruns

Literally Reruns – This Face by Diane M Dickson

I admit it was a great thrill when Leila sent this one through. I’m so glad you can’t see me blushing – Thank you Leila.

If any disease could be described as a sadist, Alzheimer’s would get my vote. It murders the mind just a little at a time, and leaves just enough of the victim’s consciousness intact for the victim to realize that something even worse than dying is happening to her.

At only fifty-seven, the MC in Dickson’s This Face has early-onset Alzheimer’s–yet there remains enough of her inside to feel pain. Still, she holds onto her dignity the best she can. By doing so she spits in the face of her implacable tormentor. And maybe, just maybe, her quiet defiance had caused Alzheimer’s to blink. We can only hope so.

Q: In the middle of the story there is a run of orderly statements that fight against the encompassing fog of the disease. I found this extremely effective. Please describe the choices you made in regard to the structure of this piece.

Leila Allison


I will admit that though this story is fiction it is based on fact. The part about the chicken is almost exactly as it happened with my mother in law in the early stages of the disease. As it progressed there were times of complete lucidity. There were times when the past was clearer than the present and then there were the times of total confusion and panic.

It is a terrible end for everyone involved but the moments of ‘normality’ and indeed some of the times of confusion that were actually, in their way amusing, were a little balm. I truly don’t know whether it is better that you fade away not realising that you are falling or you are made aware and feel compelled to try to cling on by your fingernails.


This Face

4 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – This Face by Diane M Dickson”

  1. Hi Leila,
    Another excellent choice.
    I think your question and Diane’s answer just goes to show how personal this type of story is.
    I am envious of anyone who reads these stories and hasn’t a clue about the content. I pray that they would never understand.

    Diane – I just think that your answer to Leila’s question gives this another level. The understanding is not in the story, it is from the author.



    1. the chicken incident was the first time we really had to acknowledge what was going on and I think that was why it made such an impression. There were a few more years after that when life had bright moments but then the rest of it was bloody awful. Thanks for picking this one Leila and for your constant support of the site.

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