Tonight, while I was giving Hannah a bath, she looked at me and with the sweetest look on her face, asked "Mommy, will you ever forget me?" Quickly and without even thinking, I said, "Hannah, I will never, ever forget you." Then, while washing the shampoo out of her hair, I thought about my grandmother, who has already forgotten her children. I panicked thinking, I had spoken too quickly, maybe I would one day develop Alzheimer's and would forget my children. I can not imagine a worse fate.
Once Hannah was out and getting dressed, I got a phone call from a family friend who is helping out with a fundraiser that is organized by my brother and me to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. I do whatever I can so that I can help those who currently have the disease but equally as important, I raise money that supports ongoing research so that one day the dream of a world without Alzheimer's will be realized. Please do your part and support the Alzheimer's Association so that I can keep my promise to Hannah.
Log onto http://www.alz.org/ to find out what you can do.