I am raising money for The Walk to End Alzheimer's in honor of my mom Wendy. She died at the age of 49 from early onset Alzheimer's.
While we started noticing differences in her many years before, like many with early onset, she was misdiagnosed with for a long time. It was hard to fathom that an otherwise healthy 45 year old could get a disease like Alzheimer's, but she kept forgetting things, getting lost and acting strangely. She finally got a brain scan that lead to a diagnosis and her moving to a care facility when I was a senior in high school.
As caregivers and people with family members impacted know, watching her go through this was a cruel, painful and long process. My mom was ripped away from me piece by piece, memory by memory. At the end she remembered us, (my brother and I,) but only when we would visit in person. She no longer recognized pictures of her children. Its a strange mourning process because it happens constantly over years, made harder by being so young while dealing with it. I got the call that she had died 5 months before her 50th birthday. I was 20 years old.
While my family was never able to use the incredibly helpful resources from The Alzheimer's Association, I personally am very invested in the research to end the disease that we are currently funding. With someone as close as my mom impacted, I am constantly worrying about my own brain health. This gives me a unique opportunity to raise money for research that will hopefully benefit me someday. I also think that the awareness that Walk raises is crucial. If we had known the warning signs, and if the doctors had considered Alzheimer's a possibility for a person like her, we could have at least understood what was happening sooner.
This is a horrible disease that slowly steals family members and loved ones. Please join me in the fight against Alzheimer's by donating or joining my team.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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