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Memory Ball Toronto is back with its Sixth Annual Gala Event, proudly hosted by the Young Leaders Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto
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Carolyn and Claire are two sisters on the Memory Ball team who are caregivers to their mother Jane, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2008. The rough transcript below is of a speech given after the Alzheimer Society of Toronto screened the documentary, the Genius of Marian. 

  [caption id="attachment_2488" align="aligncenter" width="978"]poriers genius of marian Carolyn and Claire Poirier at the Genius of Marian Screening, September 16, 2014[/caption] Carolyn: Thank you to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for having us here tonight. We are honored to be a part of such a fantastic evening, for a cause very dear to our hearts. Alzheimer’s disease has been in our lives for well over a decade, which considering, Claire is only 20; it’s been quite a while.  Our grandfather was diagnosed first, in 2000, and as in many people over 70, it seemed almost normal to us. As a carpenter in his working years, he spent his time measuring and re-measuring door frames and table heights, right up to the end. He passed away 5 years after the diagnosis, and maintained his pleasant and happy demeanor throughout. Although heartbreaking, it felt natural; he had lived a meaningful, honest life.

This is the third installment in our 'Dealing with a Diagnosis' series. This series aims to open the discussion on Alzheimer's disease, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and discuss the capabilities associated with the disease, not the limitations. Our hope is that with a more candid conversation surrounding Alzheimer's disease, we can encourage people to seek treatment and support earlier. Like other illnesses, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is bound to bring about a range of emotions, both for the person who was diagnosed and their friends and family. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and your feelings may change over time. You may experience some or all of these feelings:
  • shock
  • fear
  • anger
  • resentment
  • denial
  • helplessness
  • sadness
  • frustration
  • relief
  • acceptance
  • isolation
  • sense of loss
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