I got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association initially because of my mother. My mother courageously fought this disease for 16 years. She lost her battle and transitioned from this life on April 4, 2015 (Easter Weekend); a beautiful Saturday morning. I also lost my uncle in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2016 because of this disease.
I watched a vivacious, strong, determined and deeply religious lady go through all seven stages of Alzheimer’s. She went from a strong visionary leader to not being able to communicate, read or sing any of the numerous religious songs she enjoyed singing or talking about. Watching her decline through all stages was hard and brought tears to my eyes many times, but she was peaceful through them all. She was surrounded with lots of love and prayers; the things that made it easier for her and my family. Watching my dad hold her hands and praying with her as he always did, although she could not respond, was heart- warming through my tears.
Thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association for the resources, support group meetings and seminars provided through my journey. During my mother’s last week with us, I spoke with an Alzheimer’s Association employee who gave me one of the best advice; one I will cherish for the rest of my life. Because of my Alzheimer's journey over the past 16 years, I am committed to doing whatever I can to end this disease.