Joan Bechtel (June 23, 1946 - April 16, 2019)
My mom died too soon. Her biggest fear was getting Alzheimer's disease after seeing what it took from her mother. Mom started to notice five years ago that something wasn't quite right with her mind. She cut herself off from driving before I even noticed anything was going on. She and I were very close so this came as a complete shock to me. Over time her mind started to deteriorate until she was no longer capable of doing ordinary tasks. The hardest part was that she was fully aware of what she was going through, which isn't always the case with this disease. I don't want to see anyone else have to struggle like that.
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