A message from my son-in-law Ralph. He shared his story last year shortly before our first Walk to End Alzheimer's: "It's time I share my story. A few of you are aware of the journey I have been on for the past few months. For those who don’t, on June 5th, I had a doctor’s appointment due to not feeling like myself and realizing that my memory is not what it used to be. Although my wife noticed small signs 4 or 5 years ago, I considered it was life stresses. You know, working long hours, always on the go with the kids, basically everyday living. Little did I know it was worse than I thought. After months of doctors appointments, tests after tests, I was officially diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s. Me. At age 50. How could be this be? It has taken me weeks to fully comprehend this diagnosis and often I am still in disbelief. I was ashamed. I was embarrassed. BUT I am no longer going to hide. I share my story, not for sympathy, but in hopes, it can help someone who is experiencing memory issues too take them seriously and get an early and proper diagnosis so they can make educated decisions. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I’m a fighter. I am blessed to have one hell of a support system. On October 26th, my family and I are participating in a Walk to Remember. I kindly ask that you please support us in reaching our goal to find a cure for this ugly disease. It may not occur in my lifetime, but perhaps one will be found for future generations."
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