An interesting prompt came up in our English class the other day as we had to discuss on the following: If you found out that you would lose your memory every five minutes, what would you have tattooed on your body to help you remember what you had previously known? Before you continue reading, stop and think for a moment…what would you have tattooed on your body to remind yourself of who you are.
Before I get started, here are some brief background information. These are some of the causes of memory loss:
Medications. A single medication or a certain combination of medications may result in forgetfulness or confusion.
Minor head trauma or injury. A head injury from a fall or accident — even an injury that doesn’t result in a loss of consciousness — may cause memory problems.
Depression or other mental health disorders. Stress, anxiety or depression can cause forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and other problems that disrupt daily activities.
Alcoholism. Chronic alcoholism can seriously impair mental abilities. Alcohol can also cause memory loss by interacting with medications.
Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Vitamin B-12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells. A vitamin B-12 deficiency — common in older adults — can cause memory problems.
Hypothyroidism. An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) slows the processing of nutrients to create energy for cells (metabolism). Hypothyroidism can result in forgetfulness and other thinking problems.
Tumors. A tumor in the brain may cause memory problems or other dementia-like symptoms.
Now back to the prompt:
First and foremost, I believe that the most crucial piece of myself that must be embodied onto me is my name. Reason being is that my name is my identity. It is the most important thing because it is who I am and it will always be with me even after I die. It continues my legacy and it is what people use to refer to me. If I don’t remember my name, then who will? Also, a list of my traits and characteristics would help remind me of who I truly am. I want to know what I like doing, and what I enjoy the most.
The second thing that I would have tattoos onto me would be my family and friends. Whether it would be my mom, dad, brother, grandparents, cousins , friends, etc., it is vital for them to have a place in my heart. As creepy as it may sound, but it wouldn’t be if this was real, I would have pictures of each and everyone of them with their names and a brief description about them. That way, I can always remind myself of my loved ones. They are crucial to my progression in life because with this illness, support is mandatory. And if I can’t remember them, then how can I accept them to help lead me through this challenge? Suffering from such an illness like memory loss isn’t easy, but if I can remember my friends, and family, then I can accept their helot to remember who I am.