It's been another year since Brandon and I have walked and volunteered to support the cause and sadly still nothing has changed. No cures have been found, there has been no survivors, and we still sit and await patiently as my Dad's health continues to deteriorate.
For any of you that know what this disease does to a family then you know how difficult these last few years have been for mine. Last September, we were forced as a family to make the ultimate decision of putting my Dad in a nursing home. My Mom visits him daily, my brothers, nieces and nephews as often as they can, the occasional visits from friends, and Brandon and I try to fly home as much as possible, not knowing what the next visit will bring. My Mom and I have a weekly call at 1 pm every Wednesday after BINGO so that I may speak with my Dad. The calls and visits I cherish so dearly, but it’s not the same. I miss the welcome wagon that would be waiting for us at Newark airport and the tearful goodbyes each time I left as we all know how sentimental my Dad is. I miss the advice he would give before each adventure Brandon and I would go on, I miss the thank you cards he would send to remind me how much he loves me and enjoys the souvenir we got him, but most of all and what breaks my heart the most, I wish he didn’t have the regret of missing out on that adventure because now he can no longer go anywhere. It’s funny that in my Dads worst state, he’s taught me the most important lesson of all, which is to never wait to live your life because you never know what tomorrow will hold.
Alzheimers has completely taken the life of my Dad and it continues to only get worse. To put it candidly, this disease is not something you would wish upon your worst enemy. It is a slow death and it has been the most difficult thing to endure with my family. I hope that with your contributions, we can get one step closer to finding a cure, one step closer to having our first survivor.
Thank you so much for your generous donation. It means the world to me and I am forever grateful.
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