* My Maternal Grandma died from Alzheimer's and my Mom has it now.
* My 2nd honoree this year is the loss of Millie Tanner. Her Family, specifically Joe Tanner, helped the Community understand how the lives of a dementia victim & their family work, through hours of videos of their mother while she had this disease.
I'm proud my Mom was such a go-getter in this world. She was: A teacher, The developer of our Illinois School District's Gifted In Art Program before the days of gifted programs, an author of "Teaching Children to Draw, Paint & Use Color," an exhibiting Fine artist, well-traveled & educated before the days when very many women had an advanced education. MOM TOLD ME SHE WANTED TO MAKE HER MARK ON THE WORLD. She has, through her art, teaching, friendships & travels, but at this point, she can barely remember that. (It's hard to be a person while losing one's memory). Mom will regress backwards, forget how to speak & swallow, from Alzheimer's, and die, unless another illness takes her first.
8 years ago, I found out mom had Alzheimer's & became a volunteer Alzheimer's Ambassador to become more educated, spread Awareness & obtain Funding for a cure. Volunteer work included educating our IL Congressional Rep & traveling to Springfield to Advocate for governmental awareness of the need for greater funding & encouraging the Rep to support his District by voting for more federal funding to research a cure for this degenerative, currently fatal brain disease. Then, as Constituent Advocate, I played a similar role by educating the State Rep because I was a constituent of hers. I was even closer to the cause because she had a smaller base of constituents to deal with.
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