19 Apr Good News, Bad News
Clarence Poirier, AKA Papa Poirier talks Memory Ball and his experience with his wife’s early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the 4th Annual Memory Ball at Palais Royale.
On this my 4th Memory Ball event, I’m once again reminded that this is a good news, bad news celebration. The good news, being a proud father of one of the founding Memory Ball organizers. Throughout the year, Memory Ball bring early-onset Alzheimer’s awareness to the public through press initiatives and this spectacular event. Memory Ball has educated the public through shining the spotlight on this misunderstood disease. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that my daughters and I have been leaving with the effects of this disease for the past 8 years. Jane was everything a mother should be and her role was taken away much too soon. Thankfully, Carolyn, Claire and I have been able to cope with the challenges. For us, there was a silver lining, we have become closer than I could ever imagined.
Hear Papa Poirier’s speech from Memory Ball 2015 at Palais Royale and listen to his story.