My journey with Alzheimer’s began nearly 10 years ago. My mother was diagnosed with this dreaded disease in her early 70s. Being raised by this strong willed, God fearing, vibrant individual, it was hard to imagine the path that was before me. Through the grace of God and the acceptance of “what is”, I and my family embarked on the challenges we knew were sure to come. As difficult as it may have been, getting involved with the Alzheimer’s Association brought PEACE – PEACE in a time of despair. Participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s was the best thing that could have happened. We formed Team Otis May, in support of our mother. We encouraged many others to get involved. As an African American, our people do not realize how much this disease impacts our families. And if not for my Church family and my mother’s spiritual rearing and her strong faith, I would not have had the strength to endure.
My mom passed away on November 25, 2014. I was deeply saddened by also filled with joy as I know that my Lord and Savior had called her home. No more suffering, no more pain. I miss my mother’s physical presence (I missed her LONG BEFORE her demise). I truly feel that I am supposed to be a CHAMPION IN THE FIGHT – to bring awareness and HOPE!
Please count me in!