I'm leading 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.
My Granny had the best hugs, as soon as you arrived at her house you were enveloped by a huge hug and a cheerful Hi! I was lucky enough to have twenty seven years with her.
Granny was a knitter and a sewer. She would start knitting mittens in the high heat of the summer in order to donate hundreds of pairs throughout the winter. She was also a Halloween costumer maker extraordinaire. As a five year old I asked to be a lobster and did she deliver! I was Lobster Libby, complete with giant lobster claws. Other requests from the grandchildren included a penguin, a starfish, a crayon, a ragdoll. Any oddball request would be fulfilled, no matter how wacky it seemed – I mean really what five year old wants to be a lobster? Granny also made everyone pajamas and bathrobes for Christmas. We all still wish we had one last bathrobe from her (or at least one that fits me as an adult and not as a kid). As her sewing requests expanded, the House of Wanda was created. She would sew little House of Wanda labels into the collars and thus we honor this with our team name.
Granny was diagnosed with Lewey Body Dementia in 2015. She had been struggling for a bit before this official diagnosis. She was a great cook and baker, but this disease made her forget how to use the stove. She forgot how to use the telephone, the TV remote, the microwave. She eventually forgot who I was, and the final day I saw her was one of the most heartbreaking days of my life.
This disease stole time, memories we could have had and the twinkle out of her eyes. It stole her ability to see weddings, great grandchildren, and watch us all continue to grow up. It stole so many things but this disease cannot steal the time we had together and the love that we had for her. Please help us combat this disease by donating to our team’s fundraising campaign.
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart). e.e. cummings.
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