These last few months I've wondered how my sister would have handled being isolated from her family for many weeks if she were still alive and been so sick she had to be confined to a facility. Would she have thought she had been abandoned, would she have not known time had passed? This disease is so horrible, this disease is devastating. I still replay that day I got that call, some days it seems like yesterday but it will be 4 years this June 13th I lost my oldest sister to this horrible disease. I have also lost my dad & an uncle, it has affected our family too many times. I watched my independent sister lose not only her memories but her ability to perform basic functions to keep her body alive. Even though we knew she was going you still can't prepare yourself when they move on, you watch them wondering if they know you are there - hoping they do - hoping they know they are not alone. I know my sister is in a better place, I know her body and her soul are at peace. I think about her everyday, I wonder how early her disease started, I do believe looking back some of the things we didn't understand were truly part of the disease that at that time was not diagnosed. If you have never had a family member with Alzheimer's you are lucky. It is one of the hardest things to witness and an even harder thing to have to watch it take it's toll knowing you can not do anything to help them. This disease not only affects the patient but the entire family. I can not help my sister, but maybe I can help someone else in my family or maybe even myself who may be diagnosed with this horrible disease. My thoughts and prayers are that one day no other family has to watch their loved one endure this horrible disease.
Unfortunately research takes time and takes money. I am walking again this year in the Alzheimer's Walk in Galveston. If you've ever partipated in one of their walks you know how truly emotional it can be... You are filled with every emotion possible that day, it is draining and rewarding all at the same time. Please join me this year. Let's help end this disease. Hopefully my contribution will help someone have a future.
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