My name is Meaghan Lucas. My grandma was my role model, my partner in crime, my rock through life. When she was diagnosed with Early onset Alzheimer’s it really didn’t click with me. At that time I was younger so I didn’t really understand the severity of the disease. To me it was grandma you already told me that, grandma you already asked me that here and there. It wasn’t until I got older and her disease got worse that I really realized how disgusting this disease is. It’s a horrific disease that sucks the life out of a perfectly well human being. To me being able to be a part of the walk committee is so important. I’m happy that I get to have a voice to be an advocate for this disgusting inhumane disease. As I watched the life get sucked out of my grandma coming from a perfectly capable woman to a toddler having terrible two fits, getting angry at herself for not understanding and not knowing when it wasn’t her fault whatsoever. It was this disease that was murdering her. I feel like there are billions of people in this world that are just like me and lost their best friend or family member to this disease but yet don’t know what to do about it. Alzheimer’s is a silent killer. You don’t hear about it until the end when it’s horrible and you can actually physically see the signs in someone. It’s not like breast cancer where we can get a scan and see and feel the huge lumps. It’s not splattered across town like Susan G Komen. Although it is just as important. So I as a volunteer and committee member I feel like it is my duty to raise my voice and let people know what to do. My grandma fought this disease for over 7 years but it wasn’t until her last year of fighting that I really learned about The Alzheimer’s Association and how they could help. The fact that there is a group in our community and so many other local communities and we never knew is so sad. I feel like there are so many people who will donate money to the cause when they come across it but don’t really know how to get involved as much as they want to. I feel that as a volunteer and committee member it is important for me to use my voice and the committees voice to get our name out in the world like Susan G. Komen. Bottom line I feel that it is my duty to get justice for the murder of my grandma and all the other people in this world who have had a loved one taken from them far to early due to this ungodly horrendous disease. Also to spread the word that there is no cure and we need to continue to keep working to get one because the disease is not slowing down. The murder count is going up every year for innocent families, and as a committee member I am honored to speak my voice and advocate! I challenge you to do so as well!
I choose to Volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association because it is important to me. It doesn't get enough attention. Also, it is something we can not cure, and it is not something that we can't cure but them the person can still have a great life. It is HORRIBLE the entire time. It not only takes the person away but it makes them miserable with a terrible quality of life the entire time up to their death. It is extremely hard and life changing for the person diagnosed as well as the person's family, and friends/ support system. The feeling of being helpless is so hard.
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