Thank you to everyone who donated in 2019—another year of incredible fundraising success!
For those of you that haven't visited my page before—on to our story . . . .
In 2015 my mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. While we started seeing symptoms years earlier, we never put two and two together and certainly didn't understand that Alzheimer's could effect people other than little, white haired old ladies/men. We also weren't aware of the multitude of ways in which Alzheimer's can present itself. For mom, her symptoms weren't really 'Who are you?' or 'Where am I?'—those things most people associate with Alzheimer's—It was more of an issue of keeping track of appointments, hand-eye coordination, and most heartbreaking of all, her loss of words. You see, if you know my mom, you know how much she loves the English language and words; she has a truly brilliant lexicon. To watch her struggle with finding a word is just awful.
Luckily, my mom has done very well with the medications that slow the progression and ease the symptoms of the disease, but we know this is not a permanent fix. Research into new therapeutics is EXPENSIVE (I work as a researcher and lab manager, seriously, ask me how much I spend a month, week, day!) and The Alzheimer's Association is the world's largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research and the nonprofit with the highest impact in Alzheimer's research worldwide, behind only the Chinese and United States governments. If we wish to find new treatments, and hopefully a cure, we have to keep funding the science!
For those of you with a friend or loved one suffering with this disease, you also know how difficult it can be as a caregiver. There’s a lot of screaming into pillows, stress and crying, but thankfully, laughing too. We also often forget how hard it can be for those in the earlier stages of the disease who are totally aware of what is happening to them. The Alzheimer’s Association provides an abundance of support for both individuals affected and their caregivers. Most impressive is their free 24/7 Helpline that can help with general information all the way to crisis assistance. It’s an extraordinary resource.
I won’t even get into how much this disease costs us as a nation (let’s just say it’s a 12 digit figure!) The Alzheimer’s Association is also big into advancing public policy on both a state and federal level!
We’ve taken advantage of so many of the resources the Alzheimer’s Association has to offer and they do so much for so many that it was important, no, imperative that I give back.
Please help me in supporting this phenomenal association and cause by joining my team, donating, or both!
Many many thanks
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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