All I can think about is the beautiful time that I got to spend with her last February. Even with Alzheimer's, she knew me when she saw me. She might not have remembered my name, but she knew that she knew me. We had an absolutely amazing time together that day and it is something that fills my heart with joy at a time of hurt and sadness.
There are so many great memories that I shared with her over the years (even though I wouldn't let her hold me when I was a baby/toddler). Most importantly, I thank her for giving me my balance of stubbornness and kindness in life.
I encourage you to join the Walk to End Alzheimer's at a location near you if you ever have the chance. Even if you personally haven't been directly affected by the disease, more than likely you know someone who has either had the disease, cared for someone with the disease, or have lost someone to it. Alzheimer's is a horrible disease to watch someone go through and with funds generated to the Alzheimer's Association, you are helping to work towards the first patient CURED and create awareness and support for those currently fighting Alzheimer's and loving someone with it.