I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. This dreadful disease has personally touched my life - this is my story...
It has been 23 months since my previous Bob passed away. The only peace is knowing that Bob is at peace and free from the terrible Alzheimer's Disease. We had 8 long years of this journey but I would do it all again for this special man.
We had truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership that I could imagine ... He gave me the experience of being deeply understood, truly supported and completely and utterly loved – and I will carry this with me always.
Bob was my rock. When I got upset, he stayed calm. When I was worried, he said it would be ok. When I wasn’t sure what to do, he figured it out.
Towards the end of Bob's journey, he did know my name, our relationship, etc. but he knew I was there and safe for him. Throughout, our Alzheimer's journey, no matter how many mountains and challenges I needed to climb when I was dead tired, I found the strength to do so with my faith, deep love for Bob, support from our families, dear friends, medical professionals (Stacy, Dr. Pearson, etc), and the Alzheimer's Assoc.
Bob and I did not get nearly enough time together. But as heartbroken as I am today, he created a strong woman who will fight for an Alzheimer's cure in his loving memory.
Even in those last days of Bob's life it was unexpected hell – the darkest and saddest moments of my life – I know how lucky I have been. Because being Bob's wife, is perhaps more luck and more happiness than I could have ever imagined. A precious "GIFT" which I am grateful for every moment we had together. I never knew it was possible to love someone so much....now, I do my "special guardian angel." I love you with all my heart & soul. As I always said to him, "We are soul mates and soul mate's souls do not part, will always be together".
I know Bob's spirit, his soul, his amazing ability to give is still with us. Things will never be the same – but the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived. Bob created a strong woman who will continue her fight for an Alzheimer's cure in his loving memory.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Won't you please help me by making a donation to advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association?
- Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 14 million by 2050.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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