My mother was bit by her cat over 7 years ago and went to the hospital as a precaution. I remember talking to her on the phone that night, laughing and talking like everything was fine. The next day my mom woke up and she was very confused, didn't know where she was and scared at times. Thinking it was just the infection from the cat bite, my family just figured it would past. Unfortunately it did not, my mom has not been the same since.
The disease started off slow but steadily got worse through the years. Slowly she lost the ability to walk and talk and then the worst of all not knowing who her husband and own children were. She is now bed ridden, having to be fed and taken care of around the clock, she can't speak and there is now way we can know if she is in any pain. This disease is brutal.
My mother was the greatest women I have ever met, she was kind, loving, generous and full of energy. She didn't have a mean bone in her body. She raised 7 children and did it with ease. I sometimes get mad that this is happening to her and that she doesn't deserve this, but I can hear her telling me it's ok, God is in charge and he has a reason for everything. Oh yeah, she was a devout Catholic and God, Jesus and Mary were everything to her.
This disease is tragic all around, especially to close family and friends. It breaks my heart that my children, nieces and nephews missed out on having such a wonderful grandmom and vise versa her being there for her grandchildren. She would be so in love and happy.
I pray everyday that a cure is found for this disease and that's why I am participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to end Alzheimer's. I'm raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against this disease- funds that allow the Alzheimer's Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.
Families facing Alzheimer's and all other dementia need us now more than ever -- and with your help, we can be there for them. Please make a donation or register as a participant and start your own fundraising. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease.
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