My name is Kathy Levy and I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease officially in May of 2017. To say this has been a struggle is an understatement. Before that date I was active in my life and a supervisor at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 30 years. I traveled the world with friends and enjoyed life. I am only 63 years old. Alzheimer’s sucks.
At first, I thought I was just getting headaches. Stress the doctors said, so I took a few days off from work and relaxed. But, they didn’t go away. My son started to notice odd things. I did not want to drive anymore, I fell in love with Amy’s frozen macaroni and cheese; but that is all I was eating. After months of doctors saying it was just stress and not getting any better, he insisted on the PET scan to either diagnose or rule out this awful possibility.
What followed has been a life changing whirl wind. My driver’s license was taken away by doctors and I can no longer drive. I have had to rely on my son Bryan, daughter in law Heather, and other friends and family for my basic needs. Someone has to take me to appointments, the grocery store, and things as simple as getting haircut. Luckily, there was a nail salon that I could walk to that let me have a little independence. That ended when I recently moved in with my son and daughter in law. At least I have a granddaughter Brooklyn and soon to be born grandson Hudson also! I have my dog Coco to keep me company but it is not the same as having total freedom.
Like I said, Alzheimer’s sucks. I went from being an active, independent person to basically becoming reliant on others for the most basic things in a matter of months. My hope and wish is that a cure will be found within my lifetime. Knowing that might be a long shot, I hope there is a cure for others. For my granddaughter and grandson whom I love dearly and enjoy spending time with, I hope there is a cure. Please donate. If not for me, donate for all of the others suffering, and for those who will suffer until this disease can be cured. My family, friends and I will be participating in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Santa Clarita. Due to Alzheimer’s my main goal is to live as long as possible, but my other goal is to walk for this charity every year that I am able to continue doing so. With Covid-19, while I am not able to invite a group to walk with me, I will be walking it on our treadmill at home, I invite you to do the virtual walk with me, my son, and my granddaughter.
While I know I must deal with the symptoms every day I will not let it stop me from enjoying life. I walk for myself, I walk for my family, I walk for the future. Please join us in finding a cure. If you are able to, please donate.
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