Hello to all and first of all, thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and hopefully thank you for showing your love and support by contributing to my Walk to End Alzheimer's.
I am walking for my mom who has been my greatest champion in life. My mom has always been there for me. She brought me up to never ever quit. She brought me up to have confidence in myself and my abilities. She has empowered me to be the strong woman I am. My dad died leaving us destitute when I was 16, without skipping a beat my mom stood strong beside me and together as one we become a force in life.
I can not even begin to tell you have devastating this Alzheimer's diagnosis was for us. I was with my mom in the doctor appointment when he told us it was Alzheimer's. I remember in a daze we went straight to meet with our friend Marv in West Sacramento. Afterwards, I drove her up to Tahoe and we just drove and drove and drove. You know when you just want to run away from it all and you just feel like if you keep moving that life will not catch up with you?
I was devastated. I am not sure my mom knew exactly what was going on and I have never told her about her diagnosis. I just went ahead and quit my job as a senior program manger with Intel and decided I would give her 24x7 care. I would do it no matter what the cost would be to me. The same way that my mom stood up for us and was strong when my father died, that is the same way I will always stand up for her. I go to every single doctor appointment. I have given her all of her showers. I manage and personally administer all of her care. I buy all of her clothes, manage her wardrobe, trim her nails. My husband prepares her dinners. He brushes her teeth. He tucks her in bed. She is surrounded with LOVE by her four puppies - including her Doberman and her Rottweiler.
And, so I want to ask of you, will you show us your love and support by contributing my Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's? This is an organization who has made it possible for me to do all this with their free trainings and workshops for caregivers like me. The Alzheimer's Association also has an annual conference that has been invaluable for learning more about this wretched disease and the research towards a cure.
Alzheimer’s isn’t stopping and neither are we. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, I’m raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against this disease — funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association® to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.
Please support me on this walk. This is a disease that does not discriminate.
What they said is that at some point in life, you will either need care or you will be a caregiver. It's one big circle of life. Please help this girl (and her mom) out.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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