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Why I Walk…Dianna’s Story

My mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 63. She just turned 80 on July 28, 2019 and is now in the late stage of the disease. She has lived with my family for about 14 years and for the last three years she’s needed around the clock care. My husband, God bless his soul, is able to stay home and take care of my mother while I work. I could not ask for someone better to help her through each day. We plan our day around my mom not the time with my mom around our day.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is important to me because my mom, her sister, her brother and her mother were all diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I am walking for them, for my sisters, for my children, my grandchildren and for me. I do not want my kids to have to go through what we’ve been going through with my mother. We need to find a cure. This disease is heartbreaking. When your mother does not know you and know how much you love her, it is awful.

I am walking in the Peoria Metro Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 12th and I even have family members flying in from other states to walk with us. Everyone probably knows someone with Alzheimer’s or someone that knows someone with Alzheimer’s. It amazes me just mentioning the word how it will bring up conversations between total strangers that are going a similar situation. If you do not know someone who has the disease, you will sometime in your lifetime.

You have good days and bad days —PLEASE enjoy every good day, because they get farther and farther apart.

– Dianna Price



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