ALL of us!!! How do we all win?? We are winners because February had been quite the month for pushing the horror of Alzheimer’s Disease into the forefront of everyone’s hearts and minds!!! We win if we all keep talking about it, and planning for how we can end this disease by 2020.
This Month of Winning began on Feb 7th, with Legendary Glen Campbell winning the Grammy Award for Best Country Song of the Year for the song he wrote about his journey with Alzheimer’s. It’s appropriately titled “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” and is the theme song from the Documentary about his final concert tour after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I’ve not seen the movie yet, but those of us who were in attendance at the Alzheimer’s Summit in DC this past September met Glen’s wife and saw the trailer of the movie. It was incredibly emotional as you can imagine.
Then last week, Leeza Gibbons, the hard-working advocate for Alzheimer’s in honor of her mother won the top prize on the TV show Celebrity Apprentice. She won $714,000 to open Leeza’s Connection in Columbia, SC that among other things helps caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s. I honestly had never seen the show but began following it when I learned she would be on and the charity she had selected. I cheered and cheered when she won along with millions of others who are supporting those impacted by this disease.
Finally, last night our prayers were answered when Julianne Moore won the Oscar for Best Actress for the movie “Still Alice” about a woman with Early-onset Alzheimer’s. I plan to see the movie soon, but honestly I’m still trying to work my way up to it!! I’m thinking it will require lots of Kleenex!!
We also pray for more funding, for research to find a cure and to help caregivers care for their loved ones if they have to give up their jobs to provide care. This is the most vocal and tuned-in to any cause I’ve been involved with in my entire life. Seeing these three events occur this month and bringing Alzheimer’s disease out of the shadows is inspiring!!
Those of us who have loved ones impacted by this disease witness every day the loss of the person we used to know. And It’s heartbreaking!! But we’ve been cheering a lot this month and I’m sure we’d all say that we believe our loved ones deserve their own special “Oscar” for playing characters in their own real-life movie they never agreed to star in. Even though she no longer knows me, I would hands down give my Mom the Academy Award for her performance in “Best Mom Ever!” While the movie isn’t coming to a theater near you, I can still watch my “old Mom” any time I want just by pressing play on my phone! She won’t remember the movie clips I show her, but I can still remember for the both of us! Here’s to you Mom – you get a standing ovation!!