When Setsuko Harmon met her granddaughter for the first time she was thrilled. She couldn’t believe how cute she was. When the grandmother saw the newborn for the second time, she was just as excited. It was exactly like she was meeting her granddaughter, Sadie, for the first time.
That’s because the 77-year-old has Alzheimer’s disease, and she suffers from short-term memory loss.
“Every time I say, ‘Meet your granddaughter, Sadie,’ she’ll forget whose baby it is again five minutes later,” Harmon’s daughter Christine Stone told TODAY. “She gets so excited all over again.”
Earlier this year Harmon went viral for her reaction to learning her daughter was pregnant.
Stone told TODAY that she initially recorded her telling her mother about the good news so her unborn child could see how excited her grandmother was about her arrival.
“She gets excited every time,” she said. “It would make me happy to see her so happy.”
But then she realized the video could serve another purpose, it could bring awareness to the terrible disease that her mother had been living with for the past decade.
Recently Stone gave birth to the baby girl and filmed her mother’s reaction to meeting her new granddaughter.
In the video, Harmon is excited to learn that the newborn Stone is holding is her granddaughter. Moments later she expresses the same joy when Stone again tells her the baby is her granddaughter.
Later when the family is at home it Harmon questions who the baby is lying on the couch. When Stone tells her the baby is her granddaughter she can’t stop saying, “so cute!”
Although Harmon often forgot who Sadie was, each time she learned the answer she was overjoyed.
Although Stone’s father ultimately agreed that she could share the video of her mother online, he wasn’t entirely thrilled with the idea.
“It’s a nice video, but it just reminds me of Alzheimer’s,” Bob Harmon told TODAY.
Stone doesn’t disagree, but she believes that both videos show others that while living with Alzheimer’s can be frustrating for everyone involved, there can still be moments of happiness.
“I hope this video can help people trying to make the best out of a difficult situation,” Stone said of her mother reacting to her pregnancy news.
“There’s always something good that can come out of anything.”