is participating to honor:
her mother, Rita Holmes
For the past 5 plus years I slowly lost my mother to Alzheimer's Disease until it took her from us on March 16th.
At first, the signs were subtle. Only those closest to her were able to notice that something was wrong, as her symptoms of confusion were more obvious to us. Those that weren't around as much didn't really see that anything was wrong, especially since my mother was always at her best when she had visitors. So, the diagnosis was hard and there was definitely some anger and denial.
As time went on, the symptoms of her disease became more obvious. Her confusion was more frequent, her memories were impacted, and her motor skills were diminishing. Her care needs increased significantly. As a family, we rallied. We made many personal sacrifices to help take care of her, much like she did for us when we were growing up. It was simply our turn to give back.
As this disease progressed, we slowly watched my mother age in reverse, losing her little pieces at a time. She lost the skills to be able to walk on her own, talk in complete sentences, carry on a conversation, feed herself, go to the bathroom, etc... It took a small army of people to be able to keep my mother in her home where she was most comfortable, but we managed to do it because we love her.
Being a caregiver of someone with this disease is hard, stressful, and emotionally draining. Running is my way of dealing with this stress. I always thought running a full marathon was too big of a challenge for me, but that challenge is nothing compared to the one my mother faced with Alzheimer's disease. So, on May 27th, I will be running the full 26.2 miles of the Vermont City Marathon in honor of my mother. I'm participating in The Longest Day, a fundraising event to advance the care, support, and research effort of the Alzheimer's Association. Please consider helping me in my challenge by donating to help fight this terrible disease.
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