As some of you close to me may already know, my grandmother struggled with the unfortunate reality of Alzheimer's Disease. On August 15th, 2020 we said goodbye to our dear Julie Marie Romero; beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. This devastating battle with her memory loss increased a greater awareness about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia not only within myself, but throughout my entire family. For those of you who knew of my grandmother and stories of her, you know what an incredible human being she was. She had always been the kindest nurturer and friend to all, not to mention the best mother and grandmother a person could ever ask for. She has instilled in me all of the kindness and love that I hold within my heart, which I try my best to pass forward unto others in this world every day. She was a strong, caring, amazing woman who impacted our lives greatly.
Our family continued to support her as her disease progressed. It was emotional and heart wrenching to watch her condition worsen, but we came to cherish her good days. Her smile when we sang to her or kissed her, when her eyes lit up to a somewhat familiar face, and the squeeze of her hand as we held it. I personally strived to see her smile during every limited interaction I would get with her during my short visits back home to California. We all could see glimmers of her old self, filling our hearts with happiness, knowing her beautiful spirit was still there. She loved everyone unconditionally without judgement and welcomed all into her home. Even though she no longer knew our names, or our relation to her on most days, the connection we each shared with her was felt- in all of our hearts and in hers. It is this feeling and my love and adoration for my grandmother that motivates my passion for this cause.
A handful of years ago, I had no idea of the heartbreaking effects of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia until experiencing it first hand with my grandmother. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful family members that cared for her with so much love and respect. Through her challenging years as the disease progressed, taking over more and more, family remained by her side to tend to her in every way. Her devoted husband, my grandfather, cared for her the way she cared for all of us through her entire life. He honored his wife and marriage beautifully through sacrifice, strength and courage. I believe that not only by raising funds, but also awareness of the disease, we can help to create a difference in our fight to end Alzheimer’s. Through helping others in need also, we can continue on her legacy.
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