I am walking in the Walk to End Alzheimer's to honor my mom, uncle, and aunt. My mother was diagnosed in 2015 with Frontotemporal Dementia (degeneration) (FTD). My mom was showing symptoms prior to her diagnosis, but it was difficult to know what was going on and where to go for her to be evaluated. My mother passed away in October 2016, she was only 61. My mother had 7 siblings. Her oldest brother died at the age of 64 from FTD. The oldest sister died at the age of 72 from Corticobasal Degeneration, which is a form of FTD.
Since losing them, it seems I have heard more people being diagnosed with this horrible disease. I would love for there to be a cure, as I would not wish this upon anyone to experience. The journey of losing your loved ones to this disease is a hard one witness. They physically have their bodies, but their brain is failing them. I worry about how many people are misdiagnosed with other issues, like depression or other mental health issues, when this is what is happening.
I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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