In October of 2017, my mom was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor on her optic nerve. This was found only because her vision was getting bad in her left eye and was sent for an MRI. This was a benign tumor, fairly common, no significant symptoms and treatable with surgery. Naturally, that kind of surgery has its risks, especially for a 77yr old woman…but she was in good health. My mom’s surgery was on August 30th, 2018…and I suppose that’s the last morning I really had with my mother as I knew her. The surgery was 8 hours and overnight she had complications requiring another 8 hr surgery. About 3 days later she suffered a cardiac event. She survived it all. She’s the strongest woman I have ever known body AND SOUL. She was in the ICU for 2 months. She walked into the hospital in August and left in a wheelchair. She was eventually diagnosed with vascular dementia (likely from damage that was caused during the cardiac event).
We have had many family members and friends touched by Alzheimer’s related conditions and I'm walking to help lead the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease. This thief must be stopped.
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