Team Gibbon is the name of a group of people from the Gibbon, MN area that are helping to make a difference in various charity and research organizations. This is Team Gibbon's second year at Walk to End Alzheimer's. A Gibbon native, Barb, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We will walk to help find a cure, support the warriors fighting the battle, assist the caregivers and in memory for those lost.
This is Barb's story -
In Fall of 2014, my children noticed things were not right with me. We made the decision to bring these instances to a doctor's attention. My regular family doctor decided to look into the medications I was taking and make changes. We didn't see a change in behavior or memory, so it led to visiting other doctors and more extensive tests beginning in March of 2015. After seeing numerous doctors, psychiatrists and specialists, we were able to have multiple tests done that related to the function of your brain.
In July of 2015, my neurologist felt I was unable to perform my normal work duties at 3M, which I had been employed at for 27 years. He did not allow me to go back to work from that point on. At this point we still did not have a diagnosis, but continued to search.
On December 9, 2015, at the age of 57, my life changed! I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. I am still unable to work so we try to find things to fulfill my time. I have "good days" and I have "not so good days." I have to remember though that some days can be very frustrating, but these 'not so good" days may be considered as "good days" in the future. I am very fortunate to have my husband, father, siblings, children and my grandchildren close by. I have a passion for life and I live every day for my family. I want to continue to make memories with my grandchildren. They are truly my pride and joy.
Join us to reclaim the future for millions! Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.
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