Six years ago I saw my Dad declining a lot and I felt so powerless to help him. That's when I started doing the Modesto Walk to END Alzheimer's. I remember at first I told my Mom it was my "silent" way of fighting for my Dad. But then I decided it wasn't such a silent way to fight. It was actually a powerful way and the only way I knew to fight this horrible disease.
It started out as a fight for my Dad. But then every day at work I was seeing patients that had a grandma or a grandpa, a sister or a brother, a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, an uncle or an aunt or a neighbor that has been affected by Alzheimer's. I was shocked just how many people are directly affected by the disease or are Caregivers.
I have continued every year with the help of my incredible friends, family and husband to create new ways to raise money. And every day I continue to have hope.
Even three years ago when I took my Mom to the doctor to be evaluated because I thought she had caregiver burnout only to hear them say to her "You have Alzheimer's". I still have hope.
I watch my mom's struggle every day and it breaks my heart. The strongest woman I know. A trailblazer for Women and Equality. And at the same time a loving and devoted Wife and Mother . A bachelors degree and masters degree from Stanford. Her doctorate from BYU. Now struggling with imaginary bad guys and what, where when and how to carry out her activities of daily living. My Mom’s struggle has had even more of a rapid decline than my Dad’s has. Six months ago when I took her in for a re-evaluation because things were progressing so quickly , our suspicions were confirmed, she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia with features of Alzheimer’s. I am pretty sure that day my heart broke in a million pieces.
Alzheimer's Dementia is the cruelest disease I have ever seen.
I will continue to fight in hopes of a cure. I hope to see the first survivor in my lifetime.
Please join me in this fight so that soon we will see a world without Alzheimer's !
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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