Why I Walk – Karen Garner

15 Oct

I’m walking to help reclaim the future for millions. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s?, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.

A few years ago, Jim and I started the process of trying to figure out what was going on with him. Things just weren’t right and since there is not a test, like cancer or diabetes, to give you an answer right away, we started the very long process of ruling out everything else. No, he hadn’t had a stroke, didn’t have a brain tumor, didn’t have high blood pressure, heart problems, thyroid problems, AIDS or syphilis. He endured long psychological testing, MRI’s, CAT scans, a spinal tap (very painful) and so much more. We are at the beginning stages of a disease that has no cure and really no hope. Unfortunately at some point our children, ages 8 and 11 will realize this and realize they are slowly, very slowly losing their father.

I already miss him. The man I married is no longer living with me. Instead, I have a man that is struggling to remember names, what we are doing this afternoon and what he did this morning. Some days are better than others.

Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease is sometimes hereditary, as in Jim’s case. His brother and Mother both had this slow, horrible disease.

Please help find a cure. I am counting on you. My children are counting on you. Millions of others are counting on you. One day, if you haven’t been touched already, someone you love will no longer be able to explain to you how you know each other. When that day comes, you will pray and cry and desperately search in vain for answers, help and a cure.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

Karen Garner

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