In February 2017, we lost our sweet Mom to Alzheimer's. It was a long ten year battle. She was a fighter but in the end couldn't beat this one. Today, I am even more determined to do my part to End Alz.
I wrote these words four years ago on the eve of a heartbreaking day for us, the day before she would go into long-term care. This Walk is Personal. This is why I walk to End Alzheimer's.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
I'm lying here wide awake at 12:30 a.m. on the last night my Mom will live outside a long-term care facility. I'm tired but can't sleep. I watch her sleep, soothed by a drug that lessens the fear and anxiety that comes at night. They call it "sundowning". Alzheimer's is an ugly disease and it makes me angry. I've watched it rob my Mom of her personality, her thoughts, and now even her words. We have been down this journey for seven long years. There has been lots of tears and many hours away from our families. We have cared for her in her home, her home of 55 years. The home where we were born, fed, nurtured, and loved deeply. This decision to place her in a facility was not an easy one. I knew in my heart the day would come when we could no longer give her the care she needs or deserves and dreaded it. It has arrived and my heart is breaking. Yes, we can visit any time, but things have changed. I pray that God will protect her and bring her home to Him where she won't be broken any more. I love you Mom. I hope that somewhere in the emptiness you know that.
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