Each week we will be picking members to spotlight to tell their Alzheimer's story and why they are running in this year's New York City marathon. Check in each day for new updates on who will be spotlighted and get to know your teammates...(each person is picked at random)
|Mom, about 4 years before stage 7.|
|Dad, at his 80th birthday.|
Dad took her for an examination. The doctor concluded that mom had Alzheimer’s. As they left the office, mom said she never wanted to hear that word again. Dad obliged the request for years, until it really did not make any difference.
|Mom, bringing Karl home from the hospital.|
He took care of everything from cooking to cleaning and caring for her all day, and watching her all night for years.
After a short trial of an experimental drug, mom slipped into stage 7. She was on the floor, unable to talk or get up. Following a short stay in a local hospital, she was moved to a care facility. Dad still was with her every day, talking to her, feeding her and praying aloud with her. He would mention all the children and grandchildren’s names in his beautiful prayers. She would not respond, but she heard. Sometimes she might do a half smile. He loved her so much.
Mom never lost her sweet spirit. One day a nurse came in to reposition her in the bed. Mom cried when she came in. The nurse said “aw, you don’t like me”, and mom responded with her first understandable words in weeks, “Oh, I do like you…it just hurts”.
Mom and dad at their 50th wedding anniversary, with their kids and spouses.
This devastating disease is impacting so many families like it did mine. I don’t want others to have to go through this. I run in memory of my mom and her loving caregiver, my dad. I run to end Alzheimer’s.