Monday, July 21, 2008

Alzheimer's Memory Walk

I was talking to my mom last night about my grandmother who passed away in 2006. At the end of her life she had some sever memory loss. I was under the assumption that she had memory loss from having many mini strokes that left her with some brain damage. My mother feels that the memory loss was from the strokes but my grandmothers neurologist diagnosed my grandmother with Alzheimer's. Then my mother proceeds to tell me that my great great grandmother also had Alzheimer's. This totally shocked and scared me to hear. It broke my heart when my grandmother didn't remember me anymore. She would call everyone Mary. She was sick with this debilitating disease for eight years. Even though my grandmother was with me physically I had lost her mentally and emotionally. I grieved for her the entire time she was sick. I just missed my grams and wanted her back. I missed our talks and all her advice about life. I really and truly didn't know what I would do without her in my life.Then one day she was gone and I was left to deal with the awful reality that I would never be able see her again. I think a little part of me will always be lost with out her. There is this amazing event that y0u can participate in to help fight Alzheimer's. It's called the Alzheimer's Memory Walk. This walk occurs on a weekend morning in the fall and is usually around a 2-3 mile walk. There are over 600 communities that participate in this wonderful walk. We as people need to do something to help fight this terrible disease. This walk is a great way to show your support to bring us closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer's. If you have been touched my Alzheimer's or you just want to make a difference why not volunteer to help fight Alzheimer's.

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