My life has changed dramatically since my diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2016. I was forced to retire early from a wonderful career as a Sales Director at Intel Corporation. I lost my identity and contact with my friends. After a few days of tears, I decided to use my voice and my talents to raise awareness and share my story of living well with Alzheimer’s. My goal: to remove the stigma and raise as much money as I could to find a cure.
I’m currently a participant in a clinical trial at UCSF and a member of the National Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors. I served a one year term as a National Early Stage Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association and currently provide mentoring for my peers who also struggle with dementia. I walk and raise money every year and have consistently been the top fundraiser in the East Bay Walk2EndAlz. I’m a member of Maria Shriver’s Scientific Council and speak at events whenever I can.
I want the world to know that those of us living with AD still have a voice and we are not ashamed or fearful. We are strong and we are capable.
My advice to anyone who has AD is to get in INVOLVED! Advocate for funding and raise your voice so we can remove the stigma and stereotypes of Alzheimer’s. Join a group and feel your feelings. Don’t wallow.
Thank u for this opportunity. You guys are great 💜