Alzheimer's hits very close to me as I'm sure it does a lot of people. It started with my great-great grandma whom I've never met, but it was rumored that she was the town crazy woman (read: Alzheimer's). Then my great-grandma who died from the disease when i was 6. She also battled breast cancer and had a single mastectomy. Her Alzheimer's would cause her to forget which breast she had removed and thus, would haver her put her insert on the wrong side when she was getting dressed. TMI? I think it's a pretty good example of how the brain deteriorates so greatly that you can't even figure out something that should be very simple: all it took was to look down and see which side the insert went and that was too much to figure out.
Then we got to my sweet Grandparents. I had SUCH a close relationship with them growing up. I use the past tense because while they're still around, there's not much there anymore. My Papa is on a 5 minute loop and wanted to die more than a year ago. He feels trapped in his body and has no quality of life. My Grandma has lost the ability to speak and cries all the time. You say hello to her, and she starts crying. Behind her mumbles you can tell she's trying to say something but it's just not there. It's heartbreaking and they're both ready to go but instead they're just stuck here with this disease.
The silver lining is that I found this awesome group of bad ass chicks who bust their ass a few months a year to fundraise for a cure. The scary thing I think about often is the fact that my mom probably has the variant for it and I know that I have it (thanks, 23 & Me test). Not only do I not want to see my mom or myself go through what my grandparents have, but I don't want anyone else to experience this either.
I pray for a cure everyday and your donation goes to those efforts. On behalf of my family and my beloved Grandparents who are in their brains somewhere, I appreciate your help from the bottom of my heart. It touches me in a way I can't describe and I'll forever be indebted. Thank you for reading this and thank you for your donation <3
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.