BENEFITING: A WOMANS NATION
ORGANIZER: A WOMANS NATION
EVENT: Move For Minds
EVENT DATE: May 21, 2016
I've been waiting for an event like this one! And it makes it even more meaningful that the company that I love so much, Equinox, is putting it on.
Alzheimer's is near and dear to my family. When I was just a little girl, my father's mother suffered and passed from Alzheimer's. And now, today, my mother's mother lives with it. Only a couple of years ago I was visiting my gramma in Florida on Spring Break, and now she is wheelchair bound and living in an assisted home. To see such a strong and vibrant woman turn into the frail, confused woman she is today has been heartbreaking for my family. My mom, bless her, goes to visit weekly and my Papa goes almost daily. I've only been able to visit her twice in the last couple of years and the first time was the saddest thing I have ever done. I had to leave because I couldn't handle it. My grandmother, MY Gramma, barely recognized who I was. She no longer possed the ability to speak coherent sentances, and she was afraid of me when I tried to hug her. She cried when she thought that my grandpa hadn't visited her that day, even though he had left just mintues before. The smell of the hospital-like scene was enough to do me in, but seeing my gramma cry was too much. I had to leave. The next year, I joined my mom and went again. This time wasn't so bad. We got to sit outside in the sunshine which brought a smile to her face. And she even seemed to recognize me! I know how hard it was for me, and I can't begin to imagine what it is like for my mom and for my grandpa.
Knowing that Alzheimer's runs in my family, I'm terrified that some day my brain will start to destroy itself like it has my grandmothers. I fear even more that it will take my mom away from me. I don't want to know what that's like. I don't want anyone to know what that's like. Which is why I'm so thankful to be a part of this fundraiser. Help me help others. Help me raise money to fund research to cure this terrible disease.