Sample Letter From A Housemate
(Note how this letter focuses on symptoms and the effect on daily living, rather than the disease itself. Also note how it shows a deterioration in a health condition)
To Whom It May Concern,
I have shared a house with Jan Claimant for four years. Before she was diagnosed with _____________ last year, I started to notice that she seemed to tire easily and that she lost her sense of humor and playfulness.
Over the past year, I have had to take on more and more household duties because she just isn’t able to do them anymore. I do all the grocery shopping and most of the meal preparation. Jan takes naps two and three times a day. She is listless and has no energy.
She doesn’t even like to watch the TV shows we used to watch together. She says she can’t keep track of what’s going on. She also stopped reading, which she used to love to do. There were always two or three books around the house she was reading. She used to volunteer to do the laundry so she could sit quietly down in the laundry room and read. She barely looks at magazines anymore. She says reading tires her and she can’t concentrate long enough to follow what’s going on. She spends most of her time sleeping or in her room with the shades drawn staring at the walls.
If there are additional questions concerning this statement, I can be contacted at (insert daytime telephone number.)