- My Alzheimer’s story begins with a fiery redhead named Velma Jean Railing, my mother. She was a country girl raised with 3 sisters in Hammondsville, Ohio. Grandpa would always tell me, “Velma Jean was our ‘feisty girl.’” He liked to share the story of my mom when she was 14. When she hit her head on the rafter in the attic, before he could ask her if she was ok, he heard her say, “Shit!” Young ladies didn’t speak that way back in those days, but my mom was a special young lady. I was the youngest of 5 children and all of my older siblings were boys. This probably pleased my mom, as she would rather be out in the garage working on cars or fixing lawnmowers with my brothers, than making dinner. But, she did always make dinner for us kids and my dad. And she kept a “fairly clean house.” Though, she cared more about having fun with her children and ensuring they had an enjoyable childhood, which often included being outside. My mom loved her children more than anything! She loved her grandchildren very much too, but unfortunately this terrible disease had started to take her before she really got to know all of her grandchildren. You see, my mother had early onset Alzheimer’s, so things started changing when she was in her late 50’s. But my mom was a fighter. When she first went to a doctor about the symptoms she was experiencing, my father wanted to run away from it. But, not mom. She said to him, “Something is wrong and we are going to figure out what it is and I’m going to beat it.” Unfortunately, that was not the case. We watched as this disease slowly took the life and joy out of my mother. She was no longer the fiery redhead that once enjoyed being outside with her children and grandchildren and going on long car rides in the country. To this day, we know so little about this disease, it’s treatment, and prevention. So, I ask of you to please donate to my “Walk against Alzheimer’s” so that we may continue to research and maybe one day find a cure for this terrible affliction that ultimately steals away our loved ones before their bodies leave this earth.
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