Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Alzheimer's Disease and a Great Reason to Make a Card!

While surfing the other day, I found a great reason to make a card! Jen is sponsoring blog candy as an encouragement to make cards to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Check out the full details here...http://jentapler.blogspot.com/2009/03/blogoversary-challenge-big-blog-candy.html

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease. As a Geriatric Social Worker and a Nursing Home Administrator, I have been witness to the tragic effects of this disease. The disease ravages both body and spirit. It is heart breaking to watch as the person we know and love slowly slips away from us. Families struggle to understand "why" while the individual endeavors to cling to reality. Thirty five years ago, my Grandmother was publicly labeled as a "crazy old lady." Retrospectively, she had Alzheimer's Disease. I was only a child, but I remember her insisting that she was going home to her Mother. I remember her being combative. I remember her not being able to recall my name.


Today, because of the efforts of researchers, The Alzheimer's Association and individuals like Jen, the disease is no longer only spoken about behind closed doors. Sufferers are no longer labeled "crazy old ladies." While there is not yet a cure, let's do everything in our power to further the cause. What a wonderful reason to make a card!

My card for the cause. For Now, Happy Crafting!

3 comments:

Joanne Travis said...

Cindy, this is so beautiful and such a worthy cause too. That is such a heartbreaking disease.

Lisa Phillippi said...

I love the "Art Impresions" watecolor they are one of my FAVORITES!!! Yours turned out fabulous, and for such a great cause.

Etha said...

ohhh that is a pretty card! love how you arranged the flowers and the softness of it! beautiful :)