Dear Researchers: A message from Chuck
I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in January of 2012. The diagnosis dramatically and unexpectedly changed my life and the lives of my wife and children. Before my diagnosis I had an active law practice. I enjoyed doing what I was doing and it had been good to me and my family. When I was diagnosed I was told “no more driving and no more practicing law.” We closed the law practice. I could not sell it because I could not stay another year or so to enable any transition to the new owner. We had to sell our “dream house” because we no longer had a steady source of income. As you can imagine, all of this was quite an adjustment.
Researchers give us hope for the future. They will find a way to slow the progress of the disease, to improve cognition while you have the disease, and, someday even find a cure. We, as patients, can help by participating in clinical trials and supporting research in whatever way we are able to do so.
Your work is of critical importance in the battle against Alzheimer’s. Without you there would be no hope for the future. You embody the hope we all have for a future without Alzheimer’s.
On behalf of Alzheimer’s patients, we all thank you for your efforts. You are the vanguard in the fight against Alzheimer’s.