For her love of baking and the delicious cookies, breads, pies and mile-high cakes she made from the heart.
This picture of my mom and I was taken at Heinz Hall.
Mom always got involved in games we played; badminton, horseshoes, kick ball and sugar baby. I think she even went through the paddle machine once!
Mom was the most caring, devoted, loving, forgiving person I know.
I lost my mom to End Stage Alzheimer's dementia March 1, 2015. I can't believe it has been 4 years.
Unfortunately, she was only diagnosed ten days before she passed from it. After years of tests, CT scans and more, though there were no signs of bleeds, we kept being told she was having mini-strokes or 'just senility'.
As a caregiver and daughter, it was very difficult and upsetting to see this vibrant, kind, caring woman who loved the symphony, animals, nature and most of all, her family - decline and wither away.
I can't imagine what it was like for her in that shell - not being able to walk, eat, speak or communicate in any way to let us know if she was OK, in pain or if she needed something.
Not only do I walk in her honor, I volunteer with the Pittsburgh Alzheimer's Association. I want to help reclaim the future for millions of others and help raise awareness and education in facilities and of clinicians so families and caregivers can be more prepared and get the proper help they need.
I am asking for your help with this effort, too.
I need your support of Team Theresa to do my part!
Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention, awareness, training 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 supporting the cause and Team Theresa!
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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