I am walking in honor of all the residents of Stanley Total Living Center who currently are fighting Alzheimer's Disease and in memory of all those residents who have lost their fight.
I am walking in honor of all the family members who have loved ones at Stanley Total Living Center--they struggle to understand "why my loved one" and "why my family" yet they are there through it all.
I am walking in honor of all the staff at Stanley Total Living Center who provide care for those with Alzheimer's on a daily basis--those who show patience, love, kindness, and understanding to those who cannot control what this disease has done to them.
Most importantly, I am walking in honor of my grandpa (Popie)--Billy Morrison. He was admitted to Stanley Total Living Center in April 2015 after a brief illness/hospitalization in which he was diagnosed with Alzheimers' dementia. Since that time, I have witnessed his mental and physical decline take its toll on him and our family. As an employee of the facility, it is not easy to see him go through this every single day--I leave work many, many days in tears because I know there is nothing I can do change his situation and witnessing the decline is harder than anyone can imagine. As difficult as it is, I feel fortunate to work where popie lives and that I can spend time with him, even if it is just a few minutes each day here and there. He is he first person in my immediate family who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers' and it is extremely difficult to see the person who was once the strong patriarch of your family diminished to a shell of his former self. I still see his awesome smile and I still get his big bear hugs, but I also see just a little bit more of himself that is lost every single day.
As a nurse in long term care, I have always cared about making a difference in the lives of those fighting Alzheimers, but having my own grandpa in the facility where I work has now given me even more reason to care--even more reason to raise funds--even more reason to spread the word--even more reason to fight!! Many moments are difficult but I would not change one second I have spent with my residents...or popie for anything in the world! THEY are worth this fight!!!
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