In April, my mom's Alzheimer's journey came to an end. At the age of 53, we watched this horrible disease cause her to forget not only her memories, but how to walk, talk, sing, and eat. Alzheimer's took so much from her and my family. This year, more than ever before we want to see an end to this disease.
We were so blessed by the way Mom journeyed through the different stages of Alzheimer's. I can remember so many days spent with her, singing our hearts out as old hymns, camp songs, Jason Castro, and Fernando Ortega found their way into our set list. She loved music. We were constantly amazed by the songs she would remember, even things like the second verse of "It's a Small World", which I didn't know existed, she would sing right along with.
Each new phase of her Alzheimer's journey brought new challenges, heartaches, and new resources my family needed. Although my mom made it easier on us with her joyful personality shining through the whole journey, we could not have done it without the Alzheimer's Associations help. They helped us cope with each new phase, gave us listening ears when we needed to talk through what we were going through, pointed us to numerous resources, and through the Alzheimer's Walk have given the ability to help find a cure for this disease.
This year, I am walking in memory of my mother and for the hope that one day there will be a survivor of Alzheimer's because no daughter should have to be forgotten by their mother.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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