There are fewpeople in this world who come into your life and leave a forever stamp on it.That was my Nonnie. Knowing her was beyond the greatest gift I have ever had.She was a woman who did everything she could to make sure you knew how lovedyou truly were. Each day with her was more fun than the last.
I can rememberwhen we all went to the beach and the night, she took us to the board walk forthe rides and arcades. My sister’s and I were between ages 9 and 15, and shewas dead set on making sure this would be a night for the books, and it surelywas. We went into one of the many arcades and I swear, she must have spent wellover $200 on just one game that we all stood around for at least an hour. Shemade sure that we had enough tickets to buy each of us 4 girls whatever wewanted. Her plan did work… it was one of the greatest nights from my childhoodthat I can remember.
I can rememberhow she would always make sure that the whole family came to every Christmasdinner. She made sure that all 8 cousins got a card with a little somethingextra inside, and that we all got along at the kid’s table when it was time toeat. She made those dinners something special and taught us what family was allabout.
I can rememberthe day she started getting sick and had to go into a nursing facility to havesome extra help. You’d think that, that would be a drag and really hard… butshe would make jokes and make us all laugh like we were still at her housegathered in the living room. She made it seem like nothing, and that she wouldbe out of there in no time because she felt better and better with each passingday. She could always make a bad situation seem not so awful.
But I can alsoremember the day she forgot. I remember going to visit her with my dad, and thefirst thing she said was, “Who the heck are you?” The woman that I loved somuch and looked up to, had no idea who I was. I looked up at my dad and asked,“Does she really not know who we are?” That was when I realized how realeverything he had explained to me about her condition, really was. Every nowand again, she would remember who we were… some family members better thanothers, but each time she would say any of our names, would be a spark of hope.Sometimes, I would go to visit her on my own and just sit in her room watchinggame shows and infomercials while she slept. There were some days that shewould suddenly wake up and yell out, “Lindsay! Change the channel!” or“Lindsay, get me some water.” Even hearing her ask me, the girl in one of the hundredsof pictures we filled her room with, a simple question, was something Icherished deep in my heart.
I wish everyday that I could still sit in that room with her, and hear her say my name. Orjust hear her say, “I love you” even if she was just pretending because shecouldn’t recall who I was. I miss her more today than I did yesterday, and Iwill still miss her more tomorrow.
I participatein this Walk because I know the pain and the feeling when a person you loveendlessly has no idea who you are. I want it to end. I want there to be a cure.And even though it cannot change my past, it can change someone else’s future.Every step is just other step closer to finding a cure. I know in my heartthat one day, somehow, this will end. There WILL be a cure – so lets get to it,together.
Thank you forhearing my story and THANK YOU for helping me in this fight to end Alzheimer’sfor good!
Dedicated to myNonnie, Lena, from all of her loves.
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