Heidi's Walk Donation Page
Many of you know how important this cause is to my family and myself. My mom, Karen, was diagnosed in August 2016 just before her 74th birthday. She did well on medication for a year and was able to meet and hold her great granddaughter, spending a few days with her. Mom was so excited at the idea of a granddaughter, stating "I'm ready for a baby fix" when I told her she was going to be promoted to "Great Grand". Unfortunately less than a month later, Mom was hit with an autoimmune disease in her liver and had to spend some time in two different hospitals as well as time in short term rehab nursing home. My dad wanted her home and was able to have her there with him, caring for her for about a month before she was hit with a urinary tract infection and ended up in the hospital again. Being the woman she was, she did not want to be a burden to her husband, or anyone else and she hated know she was going to forget her family. Mom stopped eating and drinking much and asked Dad and my sister-in-law to just allow her to go. She didn't want to live needing help to do everything as that was just not her. We put her on comfort measures only and took her home on Hospice care a week later. After the grand children has visited over the weekend she passed away in her sleep, very peacefully. Our team is determined to find a cure for this devastating disease so that other families do not have to go through this and they don't have to watch their family member forget their life right before their eyes.
So, I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. 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.
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