Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Buni's (aka Pam's) ALZ speech Chico, Ca 10/8
I had the honor of speaking at the Chico #walk2endAlz on Saturday, Oct 8th. This video was taken by my daughter and was not edited. I was anxious and excited to share my story with the 1000+ who were in attendance, many were care givers and patients at a home for alzheimers.
Many of you asked me what I spoke about and I decided a picture is worth a thousand words. As I mentioned in my last blog, having my family and friends there helped get me through the fear and anxiety. I don't normally ask for or seek out attention, that's not my nature. But on Saturday, prior to the walk, we were interviewed by Sara Stinson from Chico's Channel 12. She is a lovely young woman who's grandmother has/had Alzheimer's. I can't remember if she is still alive, but Sara's pain was clear when she teared up speaking about her grandma. While doing the interview she was very calm and professional and I forgot that I was being filmed.
Afterwards she thanked me for sharing my story and for my willingness to be volunerable and honest with the world. My heart was full when she mentioned that her mom was having issues and that one of her goals was to use my message to get her mom to the doctor. I would be thrilled if my video's or interviews or blogs help people to get the testing they need. There is no shame (as I probably mentioned before).
That is why I'm speaking out and sharing my story. I want everyone to ask the tough questions and to get the support and medication they need. To push their doctors for testing. Message me if you have any questions, and please utilize all the amazing information on alz.org. Onward.........