Growing up I had several mothers. I don’t mean in a “Heather Has Two Mommies” kind of way, it was just that for some reason other mothers seemed to look out for me and talk to me more so than the other kids in the gang. Maybe they noticed something wanting in me or perhaps it was because I was precocious. Whatever it was I cherish my “other mothers” and the relationships I’ve had with them over the years. One of my mothers was Elaine Murray, the mother of my oldest and dearest friend Vicki. Two years ago Elaine was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. As she lives out of town I haven’t been able to see much of her, but I’ve followed her progress, and her journey is filled with highs and lows, the anecdotes often heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
Alzheimer’s is a sinister disease robbing its victims of their memories, their loved ones forced to mourn their loss long before their time. New treatments and therapies are emerging, but more research is needed and that costs money. So I’ve joined “Momma Murray’s Minions” and on January 30th, 2016 we are going to walk to support the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
According to their website the Alzheimer Society of Toronto offers support, information and education to people with dementia, their families and their caregivers. They work to increase public awareness of dementia, promote research, and advocate for services that respect the dignity of the individual.
If you’d like to sponsor me you can do so here.
– the Goddess