is participating to honor:
all those facing Alzheimer's
I am raising funds to honor and celebrate the memory of my mom, Marilyn. In May of 2016, I formed Team Joy and participated in The Longest Day fundraiser. My mom suffered from Alzheimer's disease for over 10 years. She died on February 26th, 2017 from complications of late stage Alzheimer's disease. Team Joy is continuing the fight against Alzheimer's Disease. Please join me in showing your love for my mom, Marilyn, and those affected by Alzheimer's disease, by making a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Below is a copy of the memorial I read at my mom's funeral.
“To care for those who once cared for us
is one of the HIGHEST HONORS”
This has been a long journey for my mom and our family. Her
symptoms started as occasional memory loss and repetitive
conversation. As they progressed, how she once cared for us, we
were doing for her. Over 10 years. My dad took care of her for 9 of those
years. We wouldn’t have made it this far without his commitment in
taking care of her. Brian, myself and the rest of our family helped as
much as we could. It was hard emotionally and hard work, but I was
raised well…both my mom and dad instilled in me the value of
working hard. It was worth it, we were able to care for my mom at
home until June 2016 and then moved her to a memory care home. It
was an honor for me and my family to care for my mom.
While taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it is easy to feel
angry, sad, and hopeless…we’ve learned along the way that small things
and simple moments bring joy.
"Joy isn't an emotion, it is an attitude." "You can choose to be joyful
regardless of your circumstances." We found joy in listening to music, a
picnic in the park as Brian shared, remembering through photos and stories,
and simply holding hands…the little things.
Last spring, May of 2016, I started my own journey to continue learning,
educating others and fighting for those with Alzheimer’s disease, the family
members that care for them, and eventually finding a cure. And while my
efforts in educating others and fundraising will not help my mom, it is my
mission to honor and remember her by helping others.
I’ve shared a bit about our journey with Alzheimer’s disease. I would like to
end with sharing the mom I knew before Alzheimer’s…She was a beautiful,
strong, faithful, woman with incredible intelligence who was always so well
put together. She was talented, creative, and a great seamstress even
making clothes for herself and me. We often had matching outfits. She was
a baker and excellent cook. She was loving and kind and I remember her
tucking me in every night. She was adventurous, I'll never forget the time
we got lost in Mpls. Thinking of this always brings a smile. She loved,
encouraged and supported me. She loved my babies. She was just lovely.
This was my mom. My nieces sang the song “For Good” at my mom's 75th
birthday, the lyrics are perfect…”because I knew you, I have been changed
for good”. Mom, I will miss and love you forever.
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