The story of my wedding:
I'll never forget the kindness of strangers who threw Sal and I a second wedding the morning after our official wedding. We were married 7/4/08 - My grandmother couldn't be in attendance because of Alzheimer's. They knew how much it meant for me to have her apart of the day, so next morning at 10am on 7/5/08 Sal and I got married again, with an alter, reception and all the residents were dressed up. The chef made us a fantastic brunch and 3 tier wedding cake - we had music and Sal walked my grandma down the aisle to be seated in the front row to watch us get married. Thank you to all who were involved at Cold Spring Commons (at the time).
Everyone please write down, record and share special moments with people in your lives. I can't think of anything more horrific than being a smart, wonderful and strong person - and having to know and watch yourself lose everything because of Alzheimers. I hate this disease, and I hate that at the end of this nightmare disease, more of your dignity is stripped from you, it's not fair. For those who care for relatives, no one could ever possibly understand how it completely tears your heart apart.
My grandma came from Sicily, lived in Libya, was a WWII survivor, beat breast cancer 2x, spoke 7 languages, was a loving wife, raised 2 kids, 3 grandchildren, worked her way up to management at Aetna but Alzheimers showed no mercy. She passed peacefully, thank God, she deserved that. My belief is that my grandmother is finally in her BIG kitchen with my grandpa making her world famous meatballs. Thank you to all the care-givers who've helped us, the hospice nurses and the Alzheimers Assoc. God Bless any one who is dealing with Alzheimers in their family.
My grandma was my best friend and I was her sweetheart.