I am joining the Walk to End Alzheimer's to honor and support my mother in her fight against Alzheimer's. I am fighting for more time, better treatments and a different future. My mom lives with me and inspires me daily with her positive spirit and grace in handling all of the challenges that come her way. I am sharing her story with hope to raise awareness and let others know they are not alone on this journey. Mom began showing mild deficits with her short-term memory just after turning 60 in 2015. We attributed the change to the stress she experienced when our family home flooded. Two years later her short-term memory worsened. She was referred to a neurologist and was diagnosed with Mild cognitive impairment. This diagnosis allowed her to begin a treatment that "could" slow down further decline in cognition. Mom's short-term memory gradually declined over the next few years. Then last year her long-term memory and problem-solving skills began to change and she needed more support. An evaluation was done and mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in November. Once she was diagnosed, she started an additional treatment. The new medication "could" improve memory and awareness. At this time there is no cure or , but recently there have been some big advancements in Alzheimer's treatment! My mom saw her neurologist in July and he is hopeful that an improved treatment will be available to mom when she goes to her next appointment in January. The Alzheimer's Association is closer than ever to stopping Alzheimer's!!! But to get there, they need you. Please support my team and join me for the world's largest fundraiser to fight the disease.
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