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Why I Walk – Jessica Dean

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 5:28:14 PM
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Jessica is a nurse at Founders Crest. She frequently works with our Residents and their families. Here’s her story:

I was only 10 years old when I received, what I believe now to be, my calling. My Great-grandfather had just passed away and we gathered at a Relative’s home following his service. My Great-grandmother was relentlessly searching for him in every room. She would yell out for him and then tell me, “I know Ed is around here somewhere.” Moments after this repetitive statement you would hear a harsh voice, coming from a distance, shout, “He passed away, Juanita. We just went to his funeral earlier today! Don’t you remember?”

I saw her face change with every “reminder” while she grabbed her chest and gasped, as if it was the first time she had been told. I knew at that moment, at 10 years old, that we were doing her a grave injustice. It was the pivotal moment that I realized this disease, Alzheimer’s, was a taboo.

I knew my family wanted to do right by Juanita but were never equipped with the resources needed to do so. It was because of this that we missed out on our own memories with her.

As time went on my Great Grandmother was bounced around from care home to care home. She was a great escape artist who also had “behaviors” commonly associated with her disease, but few places were equipped to meet her needs.

Years later, after her passing, I remember feeling a void. Only remembering the shell of who my Great-grandmother really was. I knew that THIS is not the way things should be.

Because of these events, I walk. I walk for every Resident I have cared for, for every family who has ever endured this long good bye. I walk to end the taboo associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I walk to bring awareness. I walk to END Alzheimer’s.

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

Help Jessica by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

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