On Behalf of “Memory People” Around The World

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Relay For Life Cancer Walk

I walked with my wife, and two daughters (shown with me) in honor of my mother and father who both died from cancer. I also walked as a survivor, beating it up twice!  

A few months after learning that I have Dementia I went online looking for information about what to expect, and found a support group on Facebook called Memory People. They have been a tremendous amount of help to me as I learn to go through the daily challenges. More than anything, I have learned that there are thousands of others out there throughout the world that are experiencing the same things that I am going through. I am not alone. My heart goes out to those that don’t have the support systems that they so desperately need right now. Right now, before this disease completely takes over my brain, and theirs, we need the support the most. We need to know that people care and are willing to give up an hour to visit, or a few minutes to call. We need to see firsthand that people still care like they did before we were diagnosed. For me, I need to see that just because I have this unforgiving circumstance in my life, my family still means something to them. When people stay away because they are unsure of what to do or say it hurts. Right now I know what is going on, what I am doing wrong, as well as what I am forgetting. Please don’t stay away from my family because you don’t know how to act around me. Please allow my wife and kids the blessings that your time can bring as you happen to be “in the neighborhood”. In the coming months and years it is only going to get more difficult for them and I need to know that they are not going to be forgotten. On behalf of all people that are experiencing Dementia or Alzheimer’s, we need you. Our days are sometimes dreary, but I have always believed that the good in life far outweighs the bad. Please know that you all are the good, and we need you. More importantly, we love you. You all know who you are. Thank you so  much and Merry Christmas.

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One thought on “On Behalf of “Memory People” Around The World

  1. Hey Rusty, you won’t ever be forgotten!!!! I know I have said this before but I really do intend to get over to visit with you one of these days. There has just been so much going on lately. Things should be settling down soon…I hope. You keep hanging in there. I do think of you and Cindy often. I’ve got so many people I want to get to visit but when it’s cold I just like staying in. Getting spleeny in my old age!!!! Hugs!!!! Joyce

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