The Reasons Why I ‘Walk To End Alzheimers’ [PHOTOS]
This weekend's 'Walk To End Alzheimer's', is set for Saturday morning at 11am, at the Elmer Thomas Park.
Here are just a few of the reasons why I am walking.
I love my Momma so much. She is sweet and loving, and caring, and she doesn't remember as much today as she did yesterday. My Mom is a victim of the memory robbing disease of Alzheimer's. We knew that she wasn't remembering as well, and did what a lot of families do, attribute it to old age. What we have noticed is that the really recent memories are the hardest for her to capture. She repeats questions a lot. She needs to be reminded how to do simple things. Yet, she is sweet and kind and loving, and for the most part happy. We are seeing the frustration that comes from knowing that she has trouble remembering. That's hard too, as our traditional roles of parent/child are slowly reversing, and we become the caregivers for our wonderful Mother. I walk so that maybe you won't know the heartbreak of watching memories fade forever. PS. My Momma is the dark headed lady...less gray hair that I have. Look at her beautiful smile!
Say hello to my daughter Whitney. She is the strongest most confident girl that I know. She loves God, and uses her faith as she interacts with the residents of the retirement home where she works. Knowing first hand what Alzheimer's does to the elderly, Whitney has been the driving force behind my involvement with the Alzheimer's Association, and the SW Oklahoma Walk. She and her co-workers lead the way in the local fund raising efforts for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. She is my hero, and I walk because of her.
McKayla is my daughter's daughter. She thinks that her Nana hung the moon, and believe me, that feeling is mutual. McKayla doesn't know a thing about Alzheimer's, or what it does to a persons mind. My prayer is that she will never know. That she will never have to tell anyone that her Nana doesn't remember her, or that her Momma can't take her to the mall because she has to stay with Nana. Those are real scenarios. It happens in my family on a weekly basis. I have seen it, and it scares me. I walk to wipe out this disease before it affects her life!
My Son Tyler and I have a very special bond. He was a challenge to bring into the world, and a slight challenge ever since. He is strong and stubborn and he is serving his country in the US Army. I am the proudest Mom ever. He is being recognized by his peers and his superiors for his efforts. He just doesn't know how to do a bad job. If he starts, he finishes, and does it right. Why do a job half way? I love that about him. I love his passion whatever job he tackles. Tyler should never have to worry about his Mom, or let that distract his concentration from being the best soldier around. Sadly, if this disease is not stopped, chances are that I will get it, and he will have no choice but to divide his attention between his work and his family. My son is a hero to me everyday, but I don't want to be the cause of him not being the best that he can be.
I have made some changes for myself this year. I decided that I wanted to tackle my health before I was no longer able to play with the babies or walk to the corner. I lost 30 pounds with the help of Herbalife and my friends Robin and Willie, and earlier this year, I even walked a 5K. It was a huge accomplishment for me, and I think that walking for Alzheimer's is as well. When you are walking with a group of like minded individuals, you become a force to be reckoned with. Take that Alzheimer's disease...we are out to get you. We are not going to let you win!