As many of you know my mom's (Barbara) struggle with Alzheimer's ended on March 10, 2019. She was just 77 years old. It was a long fight ... 16 years. She was bedridden for the last 5.5 years, and without any meaningful communication for the last 2 years. My Dad is a true Alzheimer's Warrior. At the age of 78, he became my mom's caregiver; together we managed her daily needs and learned how to advocate for her care. We watched as my vivacious, strong-willed, intelligent, talented, loving, beautiful mom lost a little bit of herself every day. Word search, reading and Scrabble were her favorite pastimes, and she earned the nickname "Fang" for her killer Scrabble skills. Family meant everything to her, and it broke my heart when I realized that she no longer remembered who I was, but as the Alzheimer's saying goes ... I remembered for her. My mom remained at home with us until the day she passed and I am grateful and thankful that my Dad and I were able to keep her with us until the end. Alzheimer's doesn't just affect that one person, it affects and changes the lives of everyone around that person. So, we walk in memory of Mom, we walk to honor Mom, and we walk to let everyone who is touched by this horrible disease know you are not alone ... we fight with you.
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