In January of 2018, my dad's mom, my Ma Pat, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia after struggling with mild cognitive impairment since late 2015. LBD is a form of dementia that much resembles Alzheimer's. There's a plethora of symptoms, but the ones Ma Pat exhibits the most are visual hallucinations, extreme confusion, delusions, memory loss, and Parkinson's traits.
It has been a rough, gut-wrenching year watching my role model morph into someone hard to talk with, laugh with, share meals with, and enjoy past times with. We recently moved her into an assisted living facility, and, miraculously, we've seen a huge spike in her memory and quality of living since then. She is as happy as can be, and though bittersweet, we cannot thank God enough for allowing us to see bits of the Ma Pat we've always known.
However, she is still fighting this disease daily, and because I love her so much, I refuse to remain silent. Millions of people are living with Alzheimer's, and there is currently no cure. I want to find one. I want to find one for my dad, my aunt, my cousins, my sister, and myself. I want to find one for my kids. I want find one for any of you who have this gene in your family, and for anyone who has been touched by this disease at all.
I am honored and so grateful to now be a member of a sorority, Sigma Kappa, whose philanthropy is Alzheimer's. That means I have a bigger team to walk with, and an even bigger goal to meet.
Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease! If you feel called to donate or come walk with us, check out this page! And, as always, send some prayers our way. My sisters, my family, and I appreciate it.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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