My life with Alzheimer's
Dave and I were married in August of 1986. We have a son, Jason, who is a civil engineer, and a daughter, Laura, who is in graduate school at Akron University studying audiology. Jason and his wife, Kelly, gave us a second beautiful granddaughter this year named Nora. We now have two beautiful granddaughters that give us much joy. We are very proud and lucky parents and grandparents.
I attended college at Bowling Green State University where I received a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I also have a Master's Degree in Administration. I taught special education and fifth grade at Keystone Middle School until it became difficult and challenging to be continually effective in the classroom. I was able to retire with 30 years of service. It was a very difficult decision to make because I still loved my job.
A typical day consists of watching some morning TV, going to the local gym, walking our dog, Moose, volunteering at the local food pantry, clean up around the house, and cooking dinner. I might meet friends for lunch from time to time. I am still part of a book club which I've been with for many years, although it is becoming increasingly difficult to participate in the discussion of the book.
Dave is a fabulous caregiver and vacation planner. He cares for me and my mother and his mother, as it has become quite difficult for me to keep all the meds and appointments straight.
We have been on several wonderful vacations in the last few years, with a few more on the calendar for this year! We hope to continue traveling as we never want to say "would of, could of, and should of".
Current challenges for me would be going to new places. I've always had a terrible sense of direction, but now it's much worse. I try to stick to what's familiar to me in order to alleviate the stress. Getting started on a project is sometimes a problem. Once I get started, it's fine. It is difficult for me to multi-task.
We have been involved with the Alzheimer's West Side Walk for the past four years. We formed "Audrey's Army" a few years ago and have been blessed with unbelievable support from family and friends who donate generously and walk with our team.
Why do I share my story? If this helps bring awareness and support to Alzheimer's , I will know that it has been well worth it !
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