Dear Researchers: A message from Cynthia

Cynthia, Alzheimer's Association Champion

Cynthia, Alzheimer’s Association Champion

Dear Researchers,

On my 63rd Birthday, I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As a nurse, I was willing to face this disease. However, the support and love of my family really enabled me to get the proper medical and financial help as I moved ahead in my treatment. In fact, my family has continued to help me deal with my needs. The following letter from my son shows that support: Mom, I don’t want you to worry or be afraid. Let’s enjoy every single day and not think too much about whether you can remember as well as you could in the past. I will watch over you and won’t let anything bad happen to you. If the time comes when we need to do more for you, I will make sure you have everything you need to have a great quality of life, I wish I could change things. I wish I could take you illness for you but I can’t. All I can do is be there for you and love you.

I am most excited that with acceptance by both patient and their families, early diagnosis and documentation can lead to proper care of the patient immediately. In my case the medication has helped me live a more independent and normal life for TODAY. Early diagnosis allows people like me to get into programs for public awareness, education and outreach. I am really proud to be accepted as a National Advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. I wear my pin every day so I can tell friends what it stands for and thus, create more awareness for the research going on today.

I am willing to take the medications, be tested and help researchers in any way so I can be a legacy for my grandchildren. They will know I was a part of helping researchers find a cure for this dreaded disease. I know it will take millions of dollars to catch up with research and discoveries to eliminate Alzheimer’s. If we fail to support this research NOW, our children will face greater financial investments in the future. Therefore, I want to thank the many researchers and donors who have given me a chance to live the life I have TODAY.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Guzman