Our Eighth Walk

This past Saturday, Michael and I attended our eighth Walk to End Alzheimer’s here in Dallas.  Last year’s recap can be found here.

 

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I say “attended” because I didn’t actually walk this year.  Since I’m in a high-risk pregnancy and have been dealing with a lot of morning sickness, we thought it would be best if I sat this one out.  I became the place where everyone would meet, left their valuables, and took pictures together.

I say “everyone” because we had quite a team this year.  Michael’s coworkers formed a big part of our team.  We were so happy that so many were able to come and support us.

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Also, Michael’s mom and her friend came (friend not pictured).  We were so happy she was able to come as well.  She also plans to walk in the Alzheimer Walk in her home state later this year.  It really made this weekend special!

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Of course, I didn’t sit alone!  Jerzee came along as well!  I can’t remember how many walks this will be for her, but she has been to most of them throughout the years!  She even wore her bandana she got last year.

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One of my favorite parts of the opening ceremony is when we all raise our flowers for Alzheimer’s.  Each color represents a different category.  Yellow flowers are the ones who are caretakers.  Blue flowers are the ones who have Alzheimer’s.  Purple ones have lost someone to Alzheimer’s.  And Orange ones are for those who are advocates or supporters.

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Because of all the support from friends and family, we made our team goal, plus some!  And I also made my personal goal (plus some) as well!  We are so thankful for your thoughts, prayers, donations, and supportive comments.  We are determined to find a cure for this horrible disease as well as help advocate for the care of those already dealing with this disease.  Thank you for all of your support!

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Family Visit

This weekend, Michael and I visited his parents.  We usually visit during Memorial day, but we weren’t able to this year, so this was a make-up visit.  It was really good to see his mom and his dad.  I was a very bad blogger and didn’t take very many pictures, although there were times when I couldn’t take pictures either.

So, Saturday, my mother-in-law and I went out shopping, and she got a foundation match at Sephora.  It was neat to see her get pampered.  She totally deserves it!  Then, we did some more shopping, looking at thrift stores and various other stores.  It was wonderful to spend time with her, just doing life with her.

And on Sunday, we went to church and then the traditional lunch at Captain Ds with all her friends.  She has an incredible supporting group of people around her.  We talked about traveling to Italy and our favorite Italian cities.  It was wonderful to catch up with them as well.

I did manage to snap a picture of her and me before we left on Sunday.

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We were also there to visit Michael’s dad who is in a care facility due to the extent of his Alzheimer’s disease.  He is one of the reasons that we are so involved with the Alzheimer’s Association.  I participated in the Longest Day last week to spread awareness about the disease.  They didn’t allow us to bring cell phones into the facility so I couldn’t snap a picture with him, but here we are from a couple of years ago.

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We saw him on both Saturday and Sunday, and he was much more animated on Sunday. I’m glad he’s getting the care that he needs.  He can’t talk very well, but he was smiling and laughing.  When he makes eye contact with you and lights up, it’s the best thing ever.

It was a really good and relaxing visit.  I’m so glad we were able to go!

The Longest Day

Today is the first day of summer.  It is also the longest day of the year when the sun is out the longest.  The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging people to do something special during this day to raise awareness.  I’ve decided to do something a little fun throughout the day.

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Today, on my Instagram, I will be sending out a story every hour from sunrise to sundown (approximately 6:30 to 8:30).  I will be sharing information about Alzheimer’s disease, some from my personal life and some statistical information.  So check me out @katyslifestory on Instagram.

If you would like to give a donation to support funding for Alzheimer research and advocacy, one way you can do that is by giving to our team as we walk in our eighth Alzheimer Walk this year in September.  The link to that is below!  Thanks!

Link to Our Team Page!

2015 September Update

I can’t believe August is already over.  I know I’m a day late on this update, but that is because September is going to be cah-razy!  Anyway, here is the update.

A Better Relationship with God

  1. Take time each morning and night to spend with God. – I was better at this in the morning than I was at night.  My days were just so busy that I conked out as soon as the day ended.

Honoring Marriage

  1. Have prayer times specifically directed about Michael – Michael had a job transition this month which has been so good for our family.  Lots of gratitude prayers went up this month.

Living A Healthier Life

  1. Live a more active life – Didn’t get to do yoga as much as I wanted to, but Michael and I started walking three times a week in the morning.  It has been great!

Get The House in Order

  1. Work on projects set aside in the kitchen, library, and master bedroom – Finished the kitchen project!  Post coming this Friday.

Being Involved in the Community

  1. Volunteer with the SPCA– I have now fostered five dogs.  I will have some travel this next month that will make me unable to foster, however, we walk in the Alzheimer’s Walk at the end of September, so my focus will be on that.

Developing Personal Time

  1. Schedule a pamper/relaxation time each month– I got my hair cut, which I realize isn’t really a pamper for some people, but I haven’t had it cut for a year and a half.  It felt amazing!

I’m so excited for September.  I really love the autumn season.  The pumpkin flavors are already out and now the weather just needs to get cooler!

Happy Birthday DIL (aka Dad-In-Law)

It is this guy’s birthday!

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My father in law is an amazingly sweet man.  He is kind, funny, caring, and a servant heart, all traits that he passed on to my husband.  I’m so glad to know him and be a part of his family.

In last week’s post, I started a little fundraising campaign for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of my father in law’s birthday, who was diagnosed with dementia at a young age.  I just wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who have given money to our team this year already, especially during this past week.  Thank you for donating time and words.  Thank you for sharing my posts.  Thank you for sending me messages.  I appreciate it more than you will ever know.

Each year, we lose a little bit more of him as his memories fade.  There are days he doesn’t even know Michael.  He introduces himself to me every time we visit.  But even as his memories fade, his faith doesn’t.  He loves God.  And that faith in the midst of chaos really inspires me.

If you haven’t donated yet, and want to, there is still time!  We are raising money through the end of September.  Just click through to the link below and follow the easy step process to donate your tax deductible contribution.  If you are unable to donate at this time, please keep this Walk and the people involved in your prayers.  This walk is easy, but the journey is hard.

http://act.alz.org/goto/Katy_Vendetti

Thank you again, so much for your support and encouraging words.  And happy birthday to my amazing and inspirational Dad-in-Law!

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Three Ways to Help in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

At the end of September, we will be participating in the Alzheimer Walk.  This is our sixth year participating in the Walk.  We started participating after Michael’s father was diagnosed with Dementia, which falls under the Alzheimer umbrella.  My great-grandmother also had Dementia, which eventually evolved into Alzheimer’s disease.  I took care of her when I was 14, so we walk in honor of her and Michael’s dad.

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The walk is such an uplifting experience.  People from all over the community who have been affected by this disease support each other as we walk together.  Michael’s parents have been able to come down to walk with us for the past couple of years.  It so special for them to come down and feel the support from the community.  This year, the entire family is coming down in support of Michael’s dad, so we want to make it a special year of fundraising.

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Next Monday is Michael’s dad’s birthday.  In honor of that, I want to run a fundraising campaign for the walk this week, starting today and ending on his birthday next week.  Our team’s goal is to raise $2000 dollars this year, and my personal goal is to raise $400 this year.  Here are the ways you can help:

  1. Give what you can. Whether it’s $5 or $50, please consider giving to this cause and helping to find a cure to this awful disease.  You can make donations to my personal page here: http://act.alz.org/goto/Katy_Vendetti
  2. Share our link. Share the link to our team page with family or friends who might be able to support us this year: http://act.alz.org/goto/Vendetti
  3. Pray or send happy thoughts. While the Alzheimer walk is a relatively easy one, the journey of this disease is tough.  Remember us in your daily thoughts and prayers as we battle this disease together as a family, and leave us a comment below or on the team page.