Alzheimer’s isn’t stopping and neither are we. By 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. Please make a donation to my team or register as a participant and start your own fundraising. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease. Then tell YOUR STORY. My Mother’s story is below:
Alzheimer’s/Dementia is a disease that has no cure or life saving treatment. I am honoring the memory of sweet Carolyn, my Mama, because I want you to know our story. My mama may have suffered an undetected stroke and was hospitalized for 11 days in 2012. However, before that health issue there were signs of this debilitating disease. Packing away items, repeating questions she has just asked you, getting lost while driving in her own neighborhood. Signs that my dad wanted to hide. So for at least 10 years was the slow decline of my Carolyn's mind. Over the years I became one of her primary caregivers. A true blessing to assist and serve her, yet I always asked WHY my sweet Mama?
When I was caring for my Mama, like all Alzheimer’s victims she would always drift off to sleep sitting in her favorite chair. This was the most peaceful moment when she seemed to be less tormented by her condition. Her eyes closed her chest slowly rising and falling in state of peace.
Mama and I learned through the hard times to just close our eyes and dream of a place where dementia will not harm you. Where dementia is not a bad word or a shameful disease to be hidden. We closed our eyes to forget about how hard it is for the family to care for you Mama. We closed our eyes so we won’t remember how we were separated mentally from each other by this disease. We closed our eyes so we won’t remember how family and loved ones got upset that you couldn’t remember. We won’t remember the silent pain and sigma this disease causes and we won’t remember how it basically tore our family apart.
It was always difficult to leave my Mama at the end of the day with her. Yet I knew when I kissed her goodby that she would remember my tears and my red eyes as I drove away from my sweet Mama, trapped in this disease called Alzheimer’s. And on August 20th, 2020 she left me for Heaven and resides in a place of Eternal Peace.
As you give to the Walk for Alzheimer’s please remember those who have battled this disease and lived and died with this disease. Please honor them with your gift of Hope that will OPEN eyes all over the World to a Cure. God Bless You!
Kimberly, daughter of Carolyn Branan
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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