For my Biological Psychcology class we were supposed to read this article about a man ( a musician pictured playing the piano) who had severe amnesia. It is the most devastating case of amnesia ever recorded: Clive had a brain infection which left him with a memory span of only seconds.
If not being able to preserve new memories wasn't enough, Clive also had retrograde amnesia which deleted virtually all of his past memories.
I found myself incredibly touched as I read about his struggles.
"It was as if every waking moment was the first waking moment. Clive was under the constant impression that he had just emerged from unconsciousness because he had no evidence in his own mind of ever being awake before. . . . “I haven’t heard anything, seen anything, touched anything, smelled anything,” he would say. “It’s like being dead.”'
I can't even imagine how confusing and lonely this would be. Not knowing when the last time I saw my loved ones, if they were alright or still cared would be heartbreaking. But as I read the article talked about how he was able to become a happier person after a few years of deep depression. Reading about how he and his wife interacted almost made me cry. It reminded me that even through monumental struggles, Heavenly Father will give us a light.
"Nonetheless, a strong emotional bond begins to develop. Clive and Deborah were newly married at the time of his encephalitis, and deeply in love for a few years before that. His passionate relationship with her, a relationship that began before his encephalitis, and one that centers in part on their shared love for music, has engraved itself in him—in areas of his brain unaffected by the encephalitis—so deeply that his amnesia, the most severe amnesia ever recorded, cannot eradicate it."
I'd recommend it to all of you! If you read it let me know what you think.
PS. "Forever Today" is the memoir Clive's wife wrote about him and her experiences after his illness.