My mom, who has Alzheimers, and my baby girl Taliyah
This is what love looks like.My mom has Alzheimer's disease. It's a pretty awful disease in so many ways, but especially because the person you love is still there, in many ways, they are not. Last April (right after last year's RivALZ game, in fact, I gave birth to my baby girl, Taliyah. My mom loves to see Taliyah, but she doesn't know who she is.
Recently, my dad and I had the opportunity to talk to Cynthia Canty on Michigan Radio's Stateside about our journey:
It makes me sad that Taliyah will never truly know her grandma, but I do love that Taliyah will grow up seeing what true love is in watching how my dad very lovingly cares for my mom, and cherishes every moment he has with her. Recently, my mom's condition declined significantly, and my dad made the very difficult decision to move her to a full-time memory care facility where she can get round-the-clock care from professionals.
It is probably too late for my mom to benefit from research in to a cure for Alzheimer's. But it's not to late for many, many others who will be diagnosed with this disease. Please join me in this fight. I want Taliyah to live in a world without Alzheimer's, and together, with funding for research, we can make that a reality.
Becuase this is what love is.
Please support my participation in RivALZ, a flag football game and fundraising competition to help end Alzheimer’s. We may be opponents on the field, but when it comes to Alzheimer’s, we’re all on the same side. This is a disease that must be defeated and we need your help to do it. Your donation will advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Thank you for helping us tackle this disease – win or lose, our true goal is a world without Alzheimer’s!
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.