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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, October 26, 2012

stories arose from walking

Walk to End Alzheimers
we are also walking in the bell county/temple 
walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3 2012

you can walk free but a donation to and or joining
my organicgreendoctor team is appreciated

join us there

many of us will be walking in the austin walk to end alzheimers
join us this weekend


several stories arose from our team at this years
walk to end alzheimers

these stories are the reasons we are all walking
to end alzheimers

all of these stories are from people who are associated some
way with the clinic i was associated with in austin
austin regional clinic

if you read this blog much you know my story
my mom died in the final stages of alzheimers
it sucked away her personality and was devastating to us
to watch its progression
my dad luckily i guess died of a heart attack before his
alzheimers advanced (he was not diagnosed officially but
i think looking back that he had it)
then my younger brother is progressing now with alzheimers
its sad to watch this happen to him and his family

then i may have it also
time when tell but all tests point to that as my diagnosis
wish i could somehow spare my friends and family all this
whats coming

one of the nurses mother has a rare cancer that requires treatment
out of state
she has had to deal with all this then this year her dad was
diagnosed with alzheimers disease
what a double whammy to have happen to your family at the same
thats why shes walking

another employee my right hand helper with our team and our
involvement with the walk her mom recently died after a lengthy
battle with alzheimers disease
this was my friend mr bs grandmother
she had to deal with all this from a distance of hundreds of miles
requiring frequent trips back to the northeast
her sister decided to stay home with her mom
and care for her throughout the final stages of this disease
her sister learned a lot from caring for her mom and realized
there was a great need for companies to provide good home
care for alzheimers patients and started her own company that
does for clients what she did for her mom
jos angels named in honor of her mom is the name of the company

one of the doctors from our clinic walked with us this year
he was affected directly by alzheimers disease
you see his uncle raised him
supported him through school college and medical school
and now his uncle is not around as
alzheimers stole him away

then little michael who gave me the letter last year that made me
cry and who gave me one of the pillows he made and sold to
raise money for alzheimers
this year he and his younger brother and sister sold lemonade to
raise money for alzheimers
he raised over $500 this year
hes only 7 years old
his mom started working  for the clinic in high school and used
this job to support her way through nursing school
her mother in law michaels grandma works for a local long term
care home thats provides a home for alzheimers patients
thanks again michael
this year i gave him one of my dr duck hats we wore in the walk

then the final story is josh who sang the national anthem
for the walk
he made all of us cry listening to him sing
his mom works for the clinic and has had relatives
with the disease
she started there in high school and is working there still
thanks for letting josh sing for us
what an inspiration he is

these are just some of the stories from our team
there were more and more of them from the other teams
some very heart wrenching stories

i personally want to thank austin regional clinic for being a
sponsor of this walk this year and for letting its employees be
involved in the fundraising

we have over 50 team members
we had over 75+ donors this year
we raised $4800 and raised another $2500 in sponsorship money
the austin area walks will raise $250,000+ for the alzheimers association
this money will be used to fund research for education about the disease
and for caretaker resources

use your local chapters where you live
they are there to help you
and support them with your donations

thanks to all who donated and supported us this year
special thanks to austin regional clinic

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. Way to go Pa. You're fundraising and commitment to awareness of the disease is inspiring. Proud of you!