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    My plight now is for people like me, The Caregiver.

    http://strikerbill.com/tag/club-the-mammoth/ I was fortunate to meet Kathryn (a co-founder of Memory Ball) along this journey that I am on. Fortunate is a word that you don’t hear often on the Alzheimer journey. Kathryn is considered a young caregiver. I used to hold that title, when my mom was diagnosed at 57, because I was 30, which was 18 years ago. The amount of time is easy to remember, as my mom’s diagnosis was right around the time my son was born. Her diagnosis propelled me immediately into the sandwich generation. For those that don’t know what that is, the term Sandwich generation was coined by Dorothy Miller and Elaine Brody in…

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    I Got A Tattoo For My Dad

    this content My Dad’s diagnosis was confusing to a lot of my family. At first the doctors were under the belief that it was purely Neropathy (nerve ending damage) and Depression. It was only a short time later that we found out that he had the same diagnosis my Grandmother had, Early Onset Lewy Body Diesease (Alzhiemers and Parkinsons). When our family sat down together to discuss what the doctors had diagnosed him with, I could see the fear in his eyes. The fear was in knowing exactly what this diesease will do to him and knowing what our family will go through together as we support him through difficult times to…

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    He Truly Saved My Life

    best site As my fathers last breath nears, there is a certain kind of acceptance and clarity that comes over our family. We know that it might be a minute or hours. I have talked to him so much and feel I’ve said what I needed to say and even though it was very difficult I have told him what he needed to hear so he can start his next journey. There is such a sadness and beauty wrapped up in this word we call emotion. When I look at him all I see is dignity, not death. In true Zangaro form he is going to decide when he will take that…

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    Six Years In

    I miss my dad. He’s still alive. Since his diagnosis of young-onset Alzheimer’s six years ago, me and my mum dedicated our lives to caregiving.  He was only 56 and couldn’t do crosswords anymore.  He was having trouble finding words.  He knew something was wrong and thought he was going crazy.  My friends in medicine thought it was a brain tumour – but they didn’t tell me that at the time. The diagnosis was a relief for him, and an absolute blow to me and Mum. I had just started a Master’s program, and she had to retire early because of his increasing needs. Caregiving is so complicated.  You become…

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    Memory Ball 2017 – Raffle Winners

    We are still in awe of everyone who joined us to help end Alzheimer’s at Palais Royale on April 1st! Thank you to all those who bought raffle tickets to help us raise some much-needed funds for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto! Congratulations to the winners! Here are the winning ticket numbers: Pizza Pizza 278623 Yellow Land Art 7754035 Blue Tea Pigs 7754194 Blue McGregor Socks 278737 Yellow Mud Hero 435107 Yellow Via Rail 9650576 Blue Floral Teacups Succulents 435480 Yellow GotStyle 435539 Yellow Rent Frock Repeat 435603 Yellow Hershey 9650570 Blue Honest Leaf Tea 435540 Yellow Innis & Gunn 7754123 Blue Langton PR Beauty Basket  7754119 Blue Watersports 278666…