For those of you that don't know, I grew up without the usual sets of grandparents. Both of my grandpa's passed before i was born, and my grandma Maria passed when I was 10, so the one who i spent the most time with, and was the closest with, was my Grandma Cecilia. She was the best, she always had a smile on her face, and was super loving. I would stay with her for weeks on end and gain 20 pounds becuase she would feed me until i couldn't breathe and then some. She ran the family in Gdansk, everyone looked to her for everything and she did everything with such confidence and she had a presence about her that you always wanted to be around. Unfortunately, I live in America and she lives in Poland but I always made sure to see her when I was there.
Approximately, 10 years ago we started noticing that something wasn't right, but she said she felt fine. Two years later at my brother's wedding we could see that she was forgetting small things and sometimes peoples names but we thought maybe its just old age, she was 75 at the time. A year later, the first time Tasha met her, we were in a store called Empik in Wroclaw, Poland and she was looking right at me and called to my aunt and said "Where's Michael?" This was when it hit me, we all suspected it was Alzheimers, but this made it real. Over the next 3 years the condition worsened significantly and when i visited her 3 years ago she would only smile, say hello and a few sentence, watch tv and listen to white noise on the radio. I thought it couldn't get any worse. I haven't been back in a few years because of wedding prep and other unforeseen events in my life. The team picture is from one month ago when I went back. It absolutely broke my heart. She is currently bed-riddin and in hospice, essentially waiting to die. The lights are on, she can open her eyes, and look and maybe smile but no one is home, the brain has checked out. I always knew this was a terrible disease, but being there put it all in perspective and i couldn't take it, and broke down. Aside from the Alzheimer's, my grandmas' health is as good as it gets, she's currently 87 and they say she could live to 100, but what kind of life is that?
I know that it is too late to save her, but I hope a cure or something can be found for this disease, so that sometime in the future no more people nor their families have to go through this.
Therefore, for my 30th birthday this year, I, along with some of my closest friends and family, will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer in Las Vegas, NV. on October 19, 2019. We welcome everyone to join us and if you can't join but can afford a small donation, please do so and help our team reach and surpass our goal.
I miss you, and I love you Grams.
- Mike aka Gram
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