We are Granny's Walkers - We are on her team.
When my Granny was diagnosed with Alzheimer's- In the beginning I thought, "Oh, she'll forget little things- and then in a few day's she'll remember" It has been nothing like that. Its not like when you lose your phone, or car keys- and then after a few minutes of searching- BOOM there they are. This is NOTHING like that. It's heart breaking- to see someone that has been in your life since day one- forget you. Forget your name. Forget the accomplishments you've made in life. Forget, that you've added life to the world. Its heart breaking - when they forget the basics, like remembering to feed themselves.
The hardest part of watching my Granny battle this disease- is watching my Dad. Knowing how its affecting him. He's watching his Mother fight this disease, with no cure. He is caring for her 24 hours a day. He does everything he can - to keep her comfortable. When the remote is lost- Dad is there, no matter the time of day- helping her find it. When her computer or TV isn't working- My Dad is there- at all hours of the night helping her. When she is out of food, my Dad goes grocery shopping for her. He makes sure her pills are always refilled. When she is talking about her Mother and Father- Like they are still alive- my dad is there- having conversations about them, knowing they passed long ago, but can't bare to break it to her.
The hard part is, when they become angry, or mean. Saying things, we know they don't mean. Why is this hard? Its easy to say- Oh they don't mean it, or they don't know what they are talking about. But its the one on the outside, that will always remember the words spoken. They will always hear the anger in her voice, and remember the cruel words she spoke. How do you look past that? You don't. She won't remember, tomorrow- the mean things she said today. But her loved ones won't forget the mean things she said.
I am walking- to help find a cure. I am walking in hopes generations after me, won't have to deal with this ugly disease. I am walking in hopes to find a cure. I am walking to support my Granny. I am walking to help support my Dad.
In life, we have our born to family, and our chosen family. My Mother has gained some amazing friends, that we'd rather claim as family. Secret Perkins, joined our Granny's Walkers- not only to support our family, but to raise awareness for Alzheimer's, as herself, has someone who has been affected with this disease. Her grandmother, Margaret Jordt- suffered from Alzheimer's. Secret and her grandmother were very close! Margaret unfortunately, gained her wings, February of 2022. We are walking for Margaret. We are walking for Secret. We are walking, and raising awareness, so that one day, we don't have to grieve the loss of a loved one, before they gain their wings. We are walking, because Memories Matter- and no one should have them taken away.
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