Why I walk in the Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Why I walk
I have been walking in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s since 2009, that was right after Mom was diagnosed with Pre Alzheimer’s. Not knowing how much I would come to rely on the Alzheimer’s association. At that time I thought that yes I know this is a terrible disease but we can handle it alone. Well I was wrong you can’t handle this alone I have relied on the Alzheimer’s association so much in the last few months. Now I am taking all the classes and training I can so I can learn how to keep my Mom around and as independent as possible. I call the national hotline to ask questions and get suggestions. Everyone I have dealt with has been wonderful and very helpful.
My Mom has declined a lot this past summer. I thank God that we have the time we have with her and knowing that starting her on medicines early in the progression and believing that is what has given us the last couple of years. I am almost positive that if it wasn’t for the medicines we would of “lost” her quicker. Right now there is no cure just treatment to help possible slow the progression.
Watching one of strongest most independent people I know become a weak and dependent on others is heartbreaking. Watching her slowly (some days not so slowly) losing touch with reality. Knowing that her great grandson and any future great grandchildren will not know the “real” Great grandma that used to have nothing but joy and love for children.
I walk to help pay back to the Alzheimer’s association. I also walk to help raise money to find a cure for this disease so in the future other people will not have to watch their loved ones go through this. Mainly I walk for my Mom.