Alzheimer's is a devastating disease. It was painful for me and my family to watch my grandfather deteriorate. We must find a cure for this horrible disease. -David Hyde Pierce
My mother-in-law, Dorothy, died this morning of complications due to Alzheimer's. Her body forgot how to swallow. We got the news yesterday that she had slipped into a coma so when I heard expressed that she died quickly, it caused me to pause. Dorothy had not known anyone she loved for more than 10 years. With Alzheimer's you loose a person twice. Actually, thinking about it you loose the person you love a million times. My quilt, Shattered, was made in her honor. It's her hands in the middle with her son's, grandson's and my hands reaching out to her in love. She died the death she most feared- the death of her mother. I am just thankful for her that it's over.
Shattered traveled with the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative's exhibit Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece exhibition for more than three years educating people on Alzheimer's and raising fund for research. Ami Simms, the director of AAQI, has done an incredible job inspiring quiltmakers to donate and purchase quilts to raise money for research. I took the $1,000 Promise and helped raise nearly $1,600. The AAQI will be coming to an end soon. I remember when Ami called to give me the news. I am happy for her. So August 1 is the last day to donate a quilt. I hope you will join me in making a one or two. It's time to find a cure. Now go hug someone you love. I am.