In September of 2018, my Mom Helen passed away. Although this final goodbye was just over a year ago, we have been slowly saying goodbye for many years.
My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007. At this time, I was expecting my first child, her first grandchild... it was such a bittersweet time. My dad Jack, served as her primary caregiver until his health no longer allowed. Unfortunately, he passed in 2012, just months after welcoming my second child and moving Mom to Memory Care. Although he wasn't diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his physical health mirrored Mom's cognitive health. It was devastating.
There were times when the emotions I felt almost broke my spirit. There still are times where I can't, and don't want to hold back the tears. The love and support of my husband, children, and the Alzheimer's community helped me put one foot in front of the other and find purpose, passion, and a new career.
It is my greatest hope that a way to prevent, treat or cure this disease is realized in my lifetime. I honor my parents through my work and am trying to do what I can to change the trajectory of Alzheimer's disease. Thank you.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
I have raised