As we head toward our Alzheimer's walk to End Alzheimer's, virtually on Saturday, September 19, 2020, I have kept my promise. The publication of "our" book, "The Big Sneeze", with my mother's darling water colored bunnies has given me the platform to reach out and give a voice to so many individuals who have been silenced by this horrific disease. An estimated 5 million people are living with Alzheimer's! It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States! So much progress has been made, but not enough to completely wipe out the devastation of this disease. We need a survivor!! For those of you who share a loved one with Alzheimer's, you understand, you get it! For those of you who have not had a family member touched by this disease, be grateful, be thankful! Watching my mother go from a beautiful, kind, considerate, caring, talented, loving human being, to a woman on the outside we recognized, but from within her mind a mental torture. My mother's personality went from gentle, fun-loving, to an angry, sad, weeping, very sick woman. So many changes to her personality over the course of 7 years. So gut wrenching to watch her once amazing artistic talents slowly fade from her being. I learned to read my mother's eyes. I think knowing in her own mind the people she so loved and the artistic talents she once had slowly slipping away from her. After each visit, as I turned to leave with tears in my eyes, my heart breaking for her and knowing that our family was there for her every step of the way, but she would never again be the same mother we once knew.
Former President, the late Ronald Regan, also died from Alzheimer's. His wife, the late Nancy Regan said of the disease, "It is a long good-bye"! I might add, the "longest" good-bye!
With the sale of "our" book "The Big Sneeze", and now The Big Sneeze Coloring/Activity Book part of proceeds have been donated to our Alzheimer's walk team, "Mimi Caroline's Team" on the act.alz.org/pittsburgh2020 site. I wanted to add another dimension to my book and have been working with a company since January, 2019 to make the cutest "Cuddle Bunny Pillows"! There are 8 different designs of my mother's darling bunnies taken directly from the book. They come in square or rectangle shapes and are 10 in., 14 in., and 16 in. and range in price from $20-$28. And the newest addition, a Pocket Pillow w/ carrying handle in two different designs,14" x 14" for $45 which includes the Big Sneeze Book! Like my books, part of the proceeds will go to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 724-687-0065
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I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for your donation in part through the purchase of "The Big Sneeze"and hopefully now The Big Sneeze, Cuddle Bunny Pillows!! I'm so grateful for all my family and friends!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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