Those of you who know me well know that my Grandma means the world to me. She and I have always had a very special bond... and her journey through life with Alzheimers over the last number of years hasn't changed that bond - but it has changed a lot of other things.
Alzheimer's has challenged Grandma's world - our world - in ways that I never would have imagined. It has acted slowly at times, and swiftly in others - taking her memories, her ability to communicate, her nerve, her sense of humour, the brightness in her eyes. There are some days that I feel utterly hopeless; like Alzheimer's has taken everything good and left us with nothing but frustration, doubt, sadness... And some days where I get to see and hug the Grandma I've always known.
Admist all of the feelings I have, though, I can only imagine how many feelings my Grandma has had. How difficult this has been for her. How absolutely isolating and terrifying. All I can do is hope that no matter the day, I can help my Grandma understand and feel that nothing will change the fact that my entire life - yesterday, today, tomorrow - she will always be my Grandma; she will always be loved.
Thank you for supporting my journey to fight Alzheimer’s disease and my hope to bring peace to the lives of so many like my Grandma.
This year I have committed to participating in the Walk for Alzheimer’s because the Alzheimer Society provides essential programs and services that work to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias within our community.
By making a donation to me, you are helping the Alzheimer Society to continue its important work towards a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Thank you again for your kind and generous support.
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