My Mother passed away on July 9, and although I've been losing her at an increased progression over the last two years, I miss her terribly. I am thankful she is now at peace and no longer suffering inside a body she could no longer control. She was an amazing woman, who I deeply admired. I love you Mom, in tribute to you.
Unfortunately, this disease is one my family knows too well. My Mother took care of my Grandmother for nearly fifteen years, enduring each phase of this devastating disease with her. She dreaded this possibility and stayed fiercely independent because she knew the affects.
In May of last year (2018), her Brother passed away unexpectedly having been diagnosed in the early stages. Sadly, although not admitting it, I know she also knew that the signs were becoming more prevalent with less and less control over her actions and reactions.
It has been incredibly painful to watch this strong and supportive woman reduced to being no longer able to reason or communicate her thoughts. This disease strips you of all dignity and while equally painful for those around you, I can't imagine what it must be like to be trapped without the ability to mentally control what is happening to you... and I hope I never have to find out.
In honor of My Mother, Grandmother and Uncle, I'm leading a team (Memory Lane) in The Walk to End Alzheimer's in Reston on September 29. If you'd like to join in, please register, or any level of support is greatly appreciated. Thank you for allowing me to share my story.
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