I can’t believe it has been a year since the last ALZ walk! Our team was one of the top fundraisers last year which is a true testament as to how many lives my Mother has impacted. We are excited to be a part of this event as it is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.
As my parents continue to check items off of their bucket list my mom enjoys seeing the world and experiencing new places. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family as often as possible. These days my mom seems to do better in familiar surroundings with a handful of people as it can be difficult for her to follow multiple conversations in large groups. She no longer drives but has a great network of friends and family who volunteer for "Driving Mrs. Debbie" which she loves! There is still the struggle to find words that frequently escape her and to recount events or activities in the recent past. It's clear the disease has ahold of her mind and continues to steal her more recent memories. I still do not know how to answer the question people always ask, "How is your Mom?" She's declining but she does it with such grace and a positive attitude that it's hard to find the best answer -- she's good but she's not getting better…
As I said last year, I know we have only hit the tip of the iceberg as there will be many trying moments full of challenges, heartache, frustration, and grief along the way. This is an ugly disease that steals the life and memory from our loved ones and I truly hope and pray they will soon find a way to help us eradicate the pain it brings to so many. In the meantime I choose to have hope, rely on my faith, and thank God that my mother is a truly positive person. I hope she maintains her positivity through this struggle and I continue to pray I have the patience to support her and my dad while attempting at least half of her bright attitude.
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