October 2019 will mark my 7th year of donating, fund raising, and walking for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Kathryn M. Hunt, my mother, always told me that "hate" is a strong word. After witnessing and continuing to witness the devastating neurological challenges that Alzheimer's Disease and/or dementia bestows upon a person, I can wholeheartedly say, "I hate Alzheimer's!"
Alzheimer's Disease has sabotaged my mom of her beautiful and creative mind.
As if Alzheimer's Disease isn't enough, Mom has Parkinson's Disease.
In January 2018, Mom suffered a major stroke that has caused her left arm, left hand/fingers, and left leg to be paralyzed. After several days and nights in the hospital, the only choice for release was to place Mom in a nursing facility (Mom spent several weeks in the Subacute Care section then transferred to the Nursing Center section).
All but for one ice storm and one Nor-easter snow storm, Dad sees Mom every day! (I've only missed the same plus one breakfast.) While I was working, Dad took a taxi every Monday through Friday to be with Mom. At minimum, the ride was $12.00 for a round trip, making it $60.00 per week. I drove and continue to drive Dad on the weekends. Now, while I am seeking employment, I am able to drive Dad during the week, too.
I am stymied as to why these medical catastrophes have plagued my mom. I tell people all the time that my mom was "Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart was born." I didn't know that wallpaper hanging, room painting, tile setting, drywall hanging, cooking, baking, designing, sewing, interior decorating, upholstering furniture, gardening, event planning, trip planning, and so much more were viable careers. I didn't know because my mom or Mom and Dad did these jobs at home long, long before "DIY" was a popular acronym (Do It Yourself). Mom or the two of them didn't hire professionals (except for the fireplace, brick porch, barn siding, and dining room addition).
So I walk. So I donate. So I fund raise.
Please join me in raising funds to combat this devastating disease!
2019's Goal: $2,000.00
2018's Goal: $2,000.00 Raised: $I have to recalculate and report back
2017's Goal: $800.00 Raised $1,160.00
2016's Goal: $450.00 Raised: $737.87
2015's Goal: $200.00 Raised: $426.18
2014's Goal: $150.00 Raised: $150.00
2013's Goal: $100.00 Raised $100.00
I'm walking in part for myself and my age group who perhaps will be in need of care for any neurological disorder. The other part of why I walk is for Kathryn M. Hunt, my mother. I have witnessed Mom's declining memory and cognition skills over the past several years. The "challenging" days are heartbreaking and tearful; the "better" days tell me Mom is still "with us."
No matter how many activities one does to keep one's brain active, such as crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, writing, reading, hobbies, crafting, there's always a chance that one's gray matter will go hazy and fuzzy. Dementia is the umbrella of a host of neurological conditions; Alzheimer's Disease is one.
I need your support to do my part in turning gray skies blue! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you for joining the movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with you.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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