Debora's Walk Donation Page
Many of you know why I walk to End Alzheimer's Disease but for those who don't here is my story. (Of course I realize that we all have a story this just happens to be mine) Alzheimer's disease stole my family from me! I'm not going to sugar coat things. It is brutal on a family. It is a gut wrenching, soul-draining, life sucking nightmare of a disease. I know that because it first cut my dear grandmother down many years ago. This was my first exposure to it. Seeing her personality fade away and then her physical body until she was just a shell. Then 4 years ago my worst nightmare was realized. Alzheimer's struck again. This time it stole my beautiful, compassionate, generous mother from me at 68 years young. Nobody could prepare my dad and me for this devastating journey as we tried to take care of her at home.
Mom was diagnosed at 68 years old and was dead by 70. She was once a beautiful, vibrant, fun loving, active woman. A friend to all and loved by all. Alzheimer's took her memory, her personality, her ability to take care of herself - to shower, to toilet to eat away from her. I didn't fully understand the stress of caregiving until I dealt with it first hand.
I mourned her loss while she was still alive. I cried every time I bathed her and changed her diapers and while I was so busy focusing on her, something else was happening. My father, her other caregiver, was falling into a deep depression. They had been married for 50 years when she was diagnosed. She had always taken care of him and was the glue that kept our family together. Dad became lost without her and had no idea how to take care of her as she was regressing to a child at this point.
The stress of losing the love of his life in this way became too much for him to bare. Just a little over a year after mom's diagnosis, my dad took his own life. I found him and this is not something you can unsee as much as I try. Dad died 2 days after Christmas in 2012 and mom 7 months later in a nursing home.
So these are my very personal reasons for walking to raise money to someday find a cure so that the remainder of my family and your families will not have to experience this in your life.
5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Every 66 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer's. Nobody can survive it. There is no cure or treatment. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's! Love Debbie
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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