This will be my fourth walk to end Alzheimer's and these walks have been such a beautiful tribute and a therapeutic time to honor my late Grandmother. Growing up we would go to Grandpa Jack and Grandma Ella's farm just about every Sunday and Holiday. Grandma was always there with a warm hug and bright smile. So many of my cherished memories have to do with my Grandparents or that farm. Grandma making cookies with me or watching her play solitaire. Sitting outside and playing, going for walks, mushroom hunting. Grandma was a constant reminder that life was good. Her and my Grandfather were the true love story, married when she was 19. I was always in awe of them and their story.
When I was in college we were told Grandma had Alzheimer's. She had stopped talking and wouldn't really move much unless someone helped her. Grandpa was able to keep her home for many years after her diagnosis with the help of home health aids. Eventually she went to live in the nursing home. Grandma was a shell, locked away in a prison deep inside her mind. She was physically here but the Grandma we knew and loved went away somewhere. Every great now and then we would still receive one of her sunshine smiles.
Grandma passed away Jan 2017. My hope is that we can make great strides towards ending Alzheimer's so that no one else has to be a prisoner in their own mind/body and that no other families lose their sunshine to this horrible disease. Thanks for reading my story and donating to this great cause!
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