As mom was in the late stages of Dementia with Lewy Body I was getting very little back from her. She was no longer walking, talking or feeding herself so we could no longer have the long personal chats that I had grown so used to. However, my mom was a strong and determined woman and she would still try to give me her beautiful smile at times, a smile that money could never buy.
I know how badly she wanted to talk to me, to hug me, to kiss me, to recognize me and to be there for me. As I wanted it so badly as well. But she couldn't, and if I can save another child from missing those talks, those hugs, and kisses and having their mother to go to when needed, it would fill just a small piece of that emptiness in life that I now feel.
When your mother is no longer your mother because only an empty shell exists and the woman who reared you, listened to you, guided you, fed you, held you, loved you and adored you is gone, how do you say goodbye? How do you eulogize her? When do your friends and family come to your side? How do you get closure? How do you cope? How do you move on? By helping find a cure, that's how.
I know Mom would never want what has happened to her to happen to anyone else. She always cared so much about other people. She always did everything she could to forge a connection with other people so they would feel comfortable and happy. And people always loved to be around her because she was so good and kind and fun and compassionate.
I use my Mom (mamasita) as my strength and I am going to commit to doing what I can to eradicate this disease -- this disease that started taking my mother from me many years ago, because while this disease has stopped my mother from being who she really was, she is still alive in me. She will always be alive in me. With this I ask everyone to pull together, please donate to help me stop another purple flower and start having white flowers get held high at these walks. Newly introduced White flowers = a SURVIVOR!! We can all do this together. This is how I will move on.
The First Survivor of Alzheimer's is out there, but we won't get there without YOU! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with us. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, A CURE.
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