Alzheimers is a devastating disease. It robs the person of who they are, who they were and who they are meant to be.
My grandfather was big man in every way, 6’2”, bellowing voice, strong as an OX. I once saw him pick up a refrigerator put it on his back and climb a set of stairs with it, & this was when he was considered a senior citizen. He was Poppa and I loved him dearly. I witnessed this large man who loved life, become lost. He lost his ability to recall who I was, eventually he lost the ability to speak English reverting back to the language he spoke as a child, Italian. He lost the ability to walk, then swallow. I was with him when he passed. As horrible as that was, it was a blessing for him.
If this disease had stopped devastating my family by just taking the patriarch that would of been a blessing as well, but it hasn’t. My grandpa had 7 girls. Four of those seven have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, My mom being one of them. She passed 6 1/2 years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t see or do something I want to share with her.
My mom was a very intelligent woman who loved life. She cared for everyone she met both in her professional and personal life. She worked hard all her life and a year after she retired she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. At a time in her life when she should of been able to enjoy, watch her grandson grow, take time to relax she began to live in fear of the knowledge that she was on a downward spiral of loosing everything that made her who she was. This disease is devastating to everyone it touches. I want to eradicate this disease before it takes my entire family or yours. Help me by Donating, Help me by spreading the word. Help in anyway you can!
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