Jody’s mom had been hospitalized for an infection and was experiencing memory loss. Doctors had even uttered the word dementia as a possible reason for her condition. The publisher, who put Stone Benches in your hands, was looking for answers too. After researching books offering families like us support, she found very little. Imagine, this epidemic affecting you and I, this thief that has stolen our loved ones’ memories, and affected 44 million people in the world - and all we get is very little?
She joined me in support of my mission to raise awareness and funding for this disease and shared my passion for encouraging others who are on this journey. The immensity of her commitment to this cause became apparent when I phoned her after church one day and shared my vision. After I explained this journey I envisioned to take our loved ones to our Nation’s Capitol, Jody simply stated, “We will make that happen.”
Two days later, she came to town and walked through the doors of Memory Care for a photo shoot. “I just got off the phone with the national Alzheimer’s Association,” she said. “You are going to Washington D.C.” I soon discovered she would be making the journey with me. I was speechless. I have been in the trenches dealing with this disease for over a decade. The encouragement and support Jody has offered inspires me to do more than simply survive another day of this disease.
It is time to storm the gates and demand some help for these folks.
It is time we show those who can make a difference who these people are. It is time we tell their stories so those who can will put laws in place, raise funding for research, expose this terrible epidemic, and get all of us some help! We will take them with us, these faceless, voiceless victims, inflicted with this disease. #TheyHaveAName
We will hold their portraits high for all to see. No longer will we hide them in dark corners. Those serving the dementia patients of the world have been battling this disease on the front lines long enough. You and I have been living the heartache and experiencing the pain for too long. We need backup and support. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops #Alzheimer’s disease. We need answers we simply do not have and we need them quickly.
Jody’s family has been seeking answers as well. The same day Stone Benches was released, she took her mother to an appointment with a neurologist. He had the results of her CAT scan and was prepared to offer answers. Although infections and medications are often the cause of memory loss, a condition which is reversible, this would not be the case for Jody’s mom. The cause of her memory loss was uncovered this week.
She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jody is now on this journey with me, not only as an advocate in support of our cause, she is a family member, now walking alongside her mother’s invisible footprints. When she bought her ticket for this journey, it was as a guide offering a hand of support. She will now need support too as she manages the decisions and challenges this disease will present. Little did we know a little over a month ago when this journey was planned, Jody would be traveling as a representative for her mom’s disease as well.
None of us are safe from the devastation of this disease. Alzheimer’s can strike anyone. The residents of my father’s Memory Care range in age from 52 to 101. This disease demands our attention. We simply cannot afford to remain silent any longer. Follow us to Washington D.C. as I introduce you to the others who have joined us on this journey.
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