She was 12, looked into my eyes and said, "Mom, I know Dad doesn't know who I am, but will he always remember he loves me?" This innocent question tore my heart out...Alzheimer's doesn't just impact the elderly. It took the life of my husband and father of my children at 47.
I could never have imagined what this cruel disease had in store twenty-something years earlier when we first met. He was my opposing counsel in a law school mock trial. I remember winning, but most importantly falling in love with a smart, kind, gentle and funny soul. I may have prevailed in the courtroom setting, but he won my heart. We married and had two beautiful children, Frank Stuart Lyndall III and Morgan Elizabeth Lyndall. Both of us practiced law. My focus was on utility regulation at the Georgia Public Service Commission, Michael's on criminal defense and family law in his own firm.
The disease started gradually. Forgetting to pick up the children after school, missing our son's Boy Scouts of America events, and forgetting where he parked his car when he was at the courthouse representing a client. Finally, his supervising attorney asked him to see a doctor after a day in court where he forgot the argument he had just made before the judge. He went from being a practicing attorney to an assistant at Publix handing out food samples. Michael Bagby Lyndall was a vibrant, loving man whose life was cut tragically short. What I regret most is that Michael missed seeing his children grow into adulthood.
He missed seeing his son serve honorably in the nation's armed forces, complete a tour of duty In Afghanistan, marry the love of his life and become an incredible father to four boys --- grandsons Michael would never know. He missed his daughter playing softball at a high level in venues across the country, completing law school and passing the bar to become an attorney --- just like him.
God willing...soon science will find a cure. I am dancing and raising money in the 2022 Dancing Stars of Atlanta gala May 21 at the Cobb Galleria to honor Michael's memory, and for the millions impacted by the ravages of Alzheimer's. Thank you for joining our movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here. Your support is greatly appreciated.
CHECKS MUST BE IN ATLANTA BY COB ON 5/17/2022 - IF THAT ISN'T POSSIBLE, PLEASE CALL WAKEELAH TO LET HER KNOW YOU WILL BE BRINGING A CHECK TO THE EVENT!
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