Phil & Tim Gutis Weaver
is fundraising to honor:
all those facing Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's is changing and this year I'm (re)dedicating myself and my Longest Day fundraising to telling the story that you can live a full life with a cognitive disease.
For the last six years, I've been part of a drug trial that was designed to slow the progression of Alzheimer's in those in the earliest stages of the disease. I firmly believe that the drug has helped me retain my cognitive abilities. I'm not the same person I was three or four years ago. My mind is clearer, I'm more able to focus, I don't immediately freak out in loud crowded restaurants and parties.
Sure I'm not perfect. I have my moments but I'm participating and contributing. For the latest update, please check out my new piece on BeingPatient.com -- you'll read about one of most recent memory lapses and, most importantly, about how the face of Alzheimer's is changing.
Now is the time we must rededicate ourselves to ending Alzheimer's. You can help by contributing today!! Endless appreciation await you (I'd promise hand-written thank you notes but I never managed to pull that off this year.)
Five years ago, when I was first diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, my memory and cognition were shot. I struggled on simple cognitive tests and felt my memories disappearing. Now, sux years later, my long-term memories have not come back but my head feels clearer and I know through PET scans that I no longer have any of the proteins in my brain that are believed to contribute to Alzheimer’s.
I say that these days I’m living with a case of mild cognitive impairment. Not all is well in my brain, but I’m feeling so much more confident and capable than I have in a while. I’ve dipped my toes back into the working world by editing court reporting transcripts. It feels so good to be somewhat productive again!
The Alzheimer’s Association provides funding for critical research. In fact, it provides more money to researchers than any other group besides the U.S. government. It is also a critical resource for care partners and helps shape governmental policy toward Alzheimer’s.
All in all, Tim and I are proud supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association. I serve on the Board of the Association’s Delaware-Valley Chapter and Tim and I are co-chairs of The Longest Day, which raises those critically needs funds for research and care and support.
In the last four years, together we’ve raised more than $40,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. I promise you those funds are put to incredible use. Please contribute whatever you can to help us end Alzheimer's! Once again, I promise more appreciation than I can say and, maybe, just maybe, a hand-written thank you note...I have a bunch left over from last year!
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