For all of you who know me; my mother has Alzheimer's. Carol (momma) has been struggling with this disease for over 5 years now; unbeknownst to her. More devastating news hit our family almost 2 years ago. My brother Bobby Boyd now 59 has Alzheimer's as well. Bobby's form of dementia/Alzheimer's is called Frontal Lobe Dementia. Bobby can no longer communicate effectively. Both my mom and Bobby have good days and bad. This has to be the most horrific disease I have witnessed. Until I was personally affected by losing my mom and brother to Alzheimer's,( meaning they both still look the same, sound the same but they aren't at all; they both are trapped in their bodies that are declining mentally, emotionally and physically every day), I was not aware of how incredibly awful this disease is. There Needs to be more awareness to find a cure. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. It kills more than Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer combined. The lifetime risk for Alzheimer's at age 45 is 1 in 5 Women and 1 in 10 for Men. I am extemely fortunate to still have my mom and my brother in my life, as well as, my 3 children; Luke, Joel and Victoria and Ritch. This disease is extremely complicated. There are a variety of levels when facing a loved one with Alzheimer's, no two people have the same exact affects and every day I learn something new. This walk is a beautiful way for people to come together share in their pain yet take time to smile and join together with hopes of one day finding a cure.
Stay safe and well everyone and embrace the people you love; remind each other how precious each day is with them. Love and hugs.;-)
I thank you all so very much for your support.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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