My first experience with Alzheimer's was in the 90's when my father, William, was diagnosed. It was the single most heartbreaking experience of my life. A strong, yet gentle man, a war hero, a loving husband and father, an accomplished businessman, reduced to a mere shell of his former self. My father succumbed to the effects of Alzheimer's in 1999, but lives in my heart forever...
Fast forward to 2013, when my much beloved mother-in-law, and best friend, Adeline (Addie), who has been like my very own mom, began showing symptoms of this devastating disease. Alzheimer's rips people apart, it turns them inside out and sometimes makes them as unrecognizable to you...as you are to them. There is no way to prepare for this disease, no way to halt nor help the enveloping, and debilitating effects it takes on your loved one.
Until a cure is found, we will all feel the loss. Yes, you are in a constant state of mourning; missing someone you love, so terribly. They simply disappear from your world, erased by the disease, yet are still alive. It is both frightening and devastating to all it affects.
Mom did disappear little by little, until her passing last year. I miss her everyday, as I have missed my dad everyday, for the last 20 years. I like to think they are themselves again, whole, looking down upon me and remembering everything...all the good times, the love, the laughter.
Please help by donating whatever you can. We MUST find a cure, as no one, nor their families should ever have to go through this kind of pain. Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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