Having my life be affected by Alzheimer's was something that I never saw coming. I'm young, healthy, and active. That is all fine and dandy for me, but the reality is that my life is affected by those around me. Around five and a half years ago, my grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. At the time of the diagnosis, I had no idea how much this disease would affect my life. My grandma was not only one of my favorite people, but a strong female role model in my life and played very much of a parent role in my young life. I have countless memories of going to grandma's house, telling stories, going on vacations, baking, and her just filling a room with laughter. She was just a woman who made people happy. For a year and a half I watched as my grandma slowly slipped from the funny, passionate, loving woman I knew her to be into someone broken, confused, and helpless. It was more pain than I ever could have imagined. My family and I stood by as this disease took over her body and eventually, much too soon, this illness took her life in November of 2014. Even now, almost five years later, I write this with tears in my eyes. I still feel the loss; I still miss her laugh and gentle smile. I'm thankful that she isn't confused any more; that she isn't hurting anymore; and I'm thankful for so many memories. This experience is something that I would never wish on anyone. As of right now, there is no cure and millions of Americans are affected by this disease.
I got married last year and asked my mom to carry a rose down the aisle for my grandmother. I never imagined getting married without her, but Alzheimer's took her from me much too soon. My grandmother loved me sweetly for 18 1/2 years, but we lost her too soon. I walk, raise money, and raise awareness because I want to be at my granddaughter's wedding. I want my children and grandchildren to live in a world without Alzheimer's.
I'm walking to help reclaim the future for millions. By participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you for joining the movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with you.
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