Almost 3 years ago I heard the words I never expected to hear, my mom was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease . Upon hearing the news I was in disbelief but the realization was I had know for several years that something was not right but to get a diagnosis just made it all that more real . This came as she just turned 70. Prior to this time she had retired many years ago and was living like a college kid on permanent spring break in Florida. I could never find her, she was living the good life and I was so glad she had the ability to do everything she wanted . Here we are almost 4 years later and she is now in an assisted living facility, playing bingo every day which she says everyone is too slow. she does not really know where she is but she also is not in any pain which I am thankful for. I know from most of the research that soon she may not even know us anymore but at least she is not suffering at all. My mom is so outgoing that for her she loves people and this disease means she gets to meet new people everyday... Everyday is a new adventure...
A year ago my dad suffered a stroke and is now suffering from vascular dementia , I have only known him for 10 years but I am glad I got that time with him since the future is uncertain.
For me , volunteering was a way to pay it forward ..I came onboard 2 1/2 years ago and now I am the Chair of Operations for not only one but two walks in CT. This is the least I can do... for all the people who have helped me along the way I now get to give something back and hold onto hope for the future. I know my mom would be proud .