Mom lost her fight with Alzheimer's on the morning of July 29th and went peacefully to be with the love of her life just in time for my dad's first heavenly birthday on July 30th. She was surrounded by all of her loving family and will be missed beyond words!
This picture was taken in June when I spent a wonderful day with mom watching children at the park and enjoying ice cream. Even though I was fairly certain she did not know I was her oldest daughter, I believe she knew I was someone for whom she cared about deeply. 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 12 years, it has been very difficult that I have not been able call her for advice or to share my life, good and bad, in a way only a mom could truly understand. We Facetimed, but her limited interaction made it very challenging. With every visit, I felt her slipping away, but I was just not ready to let her go.
Mom used to love to work word search puzzles and color until it became too difficult. She loved to ride in the car on beautiful Chicago days and especially loved watching The Hallmark Channel with Leila and Cecilia, her two wonderful caregivers. They lovingly cared for my mom, and my dad before he passed last year, for the last nine years. They allowed my mom to remain in the home she treasured for 55 years. My mom loved them as her daughters, and they loved her in return.
I am at peace knowing she and my dad are together again in heaven, as I know he missed her terribly.
More than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's, two-thirds of those are women. Between 2000 and 2019, deaths from Alzheimer's have doubled. This disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In 2022, Alzheimer's disease will cost the US $321 billion and is projected to rise to more the $1 trillion in 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
For the last nine years, I've participated in the Katy Walk To End Alzheimer's in honor of my mom, and I will continue to participate annually in her memory, so families in the future can benefit from a cure.
Please support me in memory of 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 AND WILL MISS YOU FOREVER, MOM, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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