is fundraising to honor:
all those facing Alzheimer's
riding a Motorcycle
to fight Alzheimer's
My name is Betty Kirkindoll and I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in August 2018 at age 65.
Ten years before my diagnosis, I experienced a mini-stroke and my neurologist believed my decline in cognition was due to a series of “silent strokes”. The decline continued and I knew there was a “real problem” when I began to struggle balancing my checkbook.
I asked the neurologist to do further testing. Following more comprehensive testing, I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
For a few weeks following my diagnosis, I awoke each morning and burst into tears. One morning, however, I awoke with a determination to challenge myself and see what I could do.
I turned to the Alzheimer’s Association for information and support. I helped form a small support group. I joined a committee for my local Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In 2019, I participated in Walk holding a “Blue Flower” and was honored to have my 6-year-old granddaughter carry the “White Flower”– symbolizing the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
My husband and son are very supportive and encourage me to be actively involved. My commitment is to raise awareness about this disease through any format available to me. I hope to reach out to others and help them live the best life they can for as long as they can.
Last year, I was appointed to the Alzheimer’s Association National Early-Stage Advisory Group (ESAG). Our ESAG group includes nine members from across the country who are living with early-stage Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We share our personal stories and experiences with media and others to help raise awareness and reduce stigma associated with these diseases. I have become great friends with my ESAG colleagues and consider them family.
This year I am proud to team with my fellow ESAG members to participate in The Longest Day to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The nine of us will be doing things we love on June 20. I will spend my time riding with my husband on our Harley Davidson.
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