In celebration of my mother, who passed away with Alzheimer's this April; dad, who lovingly cared for his highschool sweetheart (married 64 years); grandma who passed away with Alzheimer's 23 years ago, and many more who suffer from Alzheimer's, the Hanus family willonce again be participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to EndAlzheimer's®.
But, I can assure you, from numerous experiences with mom, that simply isn't the case. And as much as it breaks your heart to see them suffering, it breaks your heart even more when you realize they know it too.
I don’t like it”. None of us liked it mom, but we hold on to so many precious moments no matter how few and far between they have became. And we hold on to all of the wonderfulness that is and was our mom before Alzheimer’s invaded.
As mom sat in her chair with her new blanket, we saw her fidgeting with it. As we looked closer, she was running her fingers along the stitching lines in the blanket, as if she was sewing it together. My seamstress heart smiled for the seamstress heart still in my mom.
dad explained his vows were for better or for worse, at which point he turned to mom and said, “Sweetie, do you remember when we were in love”. To which mom replied, “I thought we still were”! Dad remarked assuredly, “That’s why I do it”!
been creating and selling hand-crafted greeting cards since her grandmother passed in 1996 with every penny being donated to the Alzheimer's Association. In 2015,she crafted nearly 1500 cards - everyday and holiday varieties - for individuals and corporations. These 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch greeting cards are hand stamped – one at a time – not computer processed or mass produced. The cards,with envelopes included (and if possible, decorated to coordinate), are$1.50/card (shipping not included)– every cent going to the Alzheimer's Association. I do not retain ANY of money for my time or materials.
make a donation directly to Alzheimer's via this Walk page which will help advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's. All donations through this walk page will receive a thank you gift directly from me(provided I have your snail mail address).
Jerri, and the rest of the Hanus family
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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