Let me tell you a little bit about Alzheimer's Disease.
- Alzheimer's doesn't just happen to "old people."
- Alzheimer's doesn't just lose your ability to remember names.
- Alzheimer's isn't a normal part of aging.
And with Alzherimer's diagnoses set to TRIPLE by 2050 to over 15 MILLION Americans - it's time we do something about it. Because if you have a brain, you are likely to be touched by Alzheimer's at some point in your life, either as a caregiver, a friend, or by the disease itself.
My introduction to Alzheimer's really started in 2009 when I was just 19. My mother, 49 at the time, just wasn't herself. She could tell something was off and often found herself struggling with communication and simple tasks. After years of being poked and prodded by doctor after doctor, and as the disease continued to grab hold of her brain, she finally received diagnosis in 2012.
Sadly, my 58-year old mother left this earth on August 27th. To say that my heart has been shattered is the understatement of the century. Alzheimer's took the most important person in my life away from me before she could even reach the age of 60, see me get married, or meet her grandchildren.
It really is the long goodbye. I've been saying goodbye to parts of my mother for nearly 10 years. Goodbye to our phone calls, goodbye to shopping dates, goodbye to her handwriting, goodbye to her speech, goodbye to her hugs, and just last month, the final goodbye. But throughout these past ten or so years, my mother never gave up hope. She wanted to be there for her family as long as she could. She promised to fight until the very end.That's what she did - and that's what we are doing now.
Please consider donating to my fundraising goal of $5,000. Every penny goes directly to the Alzheimer's Association, which will in turn advance the care, support, and research for finding a world without Alzheimers. Thank you for your generosity!