Due to Covid, it had been over a year and a half since I was able to visit my mom and dad in Chicago. Our time together this past May proved to be wonderful. As you can see from the picture above, I felt my mom clearly recalled I was someone she cared deeply about, even though I'm not sure she knew I was here oldest daughter. When she told me she loved me, it brought tears to my eyes! I will cherish every hug, smile, and laugh we shared that week. Over the last 10 years, it has been very difficult to be be unable to call on her for advice as I used to or to share my life, good and bad, in a way she can truly understand. We Facetime, but her limited interaction makes it very difficult. With every visit, I notice her slipping away from us.
This makes me all the more determined to again join the fight against Alzheimer's this year. My loving mom, Anne, has been dealing with this awful disease for many years now. We are definitely blessed it has been progressing slowly, but IT IS progressing.
Mom used to love to work word search puzzles, but they have now become a challenge for her. Coloring is even becoming difficult. She still loves rides in the car on beautiful Chicago days and especially enjoys watching The Hallmark Channel. However, nothing is better than to just sit with my dad, her Billy Boy! She is now needing assistance with daily activities, so we are truly fortunate and grateful to have Laila and Cecilia, two wonderful women, who take loving care of both my mom and dad, allowing them to continue living in their home of 54 years.
More than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimers, 2/3 of those being women. Between 2000 and 2019, deaths from Alzheimer's has increased 145%. This disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined and deaths increased by 16% during Covid. In 2021, Alzheimer's disease will cost the US $355 billion and is projected to rise to more the $1.1 trillion in 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Please support me and my beautiful loving mom, Anne, by making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a global organization working to advance care, support, and research across the world aiding with methods of treatment, prevention, and ultimately, a CURE!
Thank you for joining the movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with ALL OF US! Every dollar counts!
I LOVE YOU, MOM!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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