Alzheimer's story struck close to home

May 23, 2014 

Thank you for publishing, "Precious moments: Caring for mom with Alzheimer's tests emotions," in your Mother's Day issue. Carolyn's story struck close to home for me as I care for my mother with Alzheimer's.

Our Mother's Day was a typical day for our family, as our mom no longer understands that one day is different than another. We took turns visiting with her, talking to her and sharing with her our stories from long ago. She may or may not have understood these stories but she did smile every now and then.

The idea that my mom can be with me one second and gone the next is heartbreaking. It is those fleeting moments I see in my mother's eyes that made me want to help fight this disease.

Like Carolyn, I support the Alzheimer's Association and participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's held at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I serve as an advocate to educate our politicians and speak with various groups when time permits. I believe that the more that people learn about this disease, the more chance we have of helping people living with this disease.

I participate to raise funds to support services for people with the disease and caregivers in our community as well as for research. Someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 67 seconds. It is desperately needed to slow, prevent and cure the disease that is taking millions of mothers away from their children.

I hope people will join me at the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Edwardsville on Sept. 27 to support the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter and fight to end Alzheimer's.

Karen Brown

Pontoon Beach

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