Melane Byrd says it was 8-years ago that her mother Doris Sherer started showing the signs of Alzheimer's Disease.
"It sneaks up on you. Yes it sneaks up on you. I didn't realize what was happening," Sherer says.
Because of her impeccable dress and her gift for gab, the former university pageant queen fooled most people.
Byrd explains, "Of course Miss Auburn here has such great social skills, it's not apparent to everybody."
However, the 87- year old's illness was apparent to Byrd.
"She would forget things like, the most frightening thing was that mother was taking her medicine several times a day."