In 2019, I walked my first Alzheimer's Assoc walk in Brighton. I did it in memory of my dad and also in honor of his sister, my Aunt Florence who is also battling dementia. Here is my story of why I walk and why it's important to do this. I fear for me and my brother also.
My dad was diagnosed with Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy after open brain surgery in 2007. This causes brain bleeds and is found post-mortem in many Alzheimer's patients. It also causes dementia. In the following years, we watched a once brilliant, insightful man whither away into a man who thought 2+2=7, lost all sense of logic & reasoning, became hostile at times, and had no memory of current events. Towards the end, he suffered several more hemorrhagic strokes. This caused him to not recognize us all the time. I was always daddy's little girl. If you want your heart broken, walk into your dad's room and have him look at you as if you were a stranger.
•We lost my dad in October 2015. Not a day goes by I don't think of him. I do this in memory of him. I do this because I felt so helpless watching him. I do this because I love him.
• I watched my cousins go through this with my Aunt Florence also. She has recently passed away so I do this in memory of her too. We need to find a cure or, at least, a better treatment. Please join me...either by walking with me on Oct 3 or donating to this worthy cause. Let's find the first survivor of Alzheimer's and other dementia disorders!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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Elite Grand Champion
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