My journey is a personal one with my Pops, Gary, first being diagnosed with MCI, then Dementia. In 2014, after more testing and understanding of the disease, his diagnosis was classified as Alzheimer's. There is currently no cure and on July 28th, 2021, my Pops succumbed to complications of this relentless disease. I was fortunate to be by his side, holding his hand. While gratefully my Pops still recognized those closest to him all were, he confused reality with fiction, struggled to remember simple words, and accomplish daily tasks he once did without even a second thought. My Pops was often referred to by many as a 'Jack of all trades' and I swear the man could do anything! ... but I may be a little bias. I was, and always will be, a Daddy's Girl 110% and he was my hero! He made sure I knew how to take care of my car, basic construction techniques, how to fish & hunt, firearm safety, even to drive a stick shift ... All the things every girl should know! It was so hard to see him progress down this road with a lot of uncertainty about how long we will have him with us. It was hard to see him struggle to hold a conversation. The frustration he daily expressed with his jumbled thoughts and physical limitations. It was heartbreaking to watch my Mom see the man she has shared her life with for almost 60 years disappear from her and now processing the unmeasurable loss. Seeing the toll it took on her own health as she diligently, lovingly cared for him. I feel blessed I was able to spend a lot of quality time with him this last year of his life, making cherished memories I will forever hold in my heart. After his diagnosis, I was able to come to an acceptance that a cure will most likely not be found in time for my Pops, but I have HOPE it will for another daughter whose father is also her Hero. This is why I #WALK2ENDALZ. Please Join Me! Together, we WILL end Alzheimer's disease along with all other forms of Dementia. Please donate to advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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A Daughter Who Will Fight to the #EndofALZ!
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