Most of my cherished childhood memories involve my Grandma, Shirley. Sunday night family dinners, road trips, holidays; no matter the occasion, she has always been there. But when she was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, we started losing her. Yes, physically she’s still present, but she’s not the person she once was. Her essence remains, but the disease has taken away the sharp, engaged woman I grew up with. I mourn the person she was while she’s still living.
Dementia is difficult for everyone involved: the families who patiently care for their loved ones, the friends who lose their support system, and for the afflicted themselves, who have to continually adapt to the stress and fatigue of their changing realities and loss of independence.
Memory Ball is a way to support everyone involved. It’s a way of raising awareness and money for the cause, but most of all, it’s a way of telling everyone they’re not alone.
Memory Ball MC