This Is Hard for Me to Share With You


This has been hard for me to sit down and write.

I always want to share with you positive inspirations for living your supporting yourself more deeply and living your life with more joy and freedom. I find it so difficult to share and express to you about things that are declining or that there is no way of fixing them or making it better.

What I am speaking of in my life is that my mom has Alzheimer's disease. For the past 6 years this devastating disease has been progressively taking away my mom's ability to comprehend, recognize people, and independently care for herself.

I find it so sad to be witnessing the slow decline of my mom's health and to be continually losing more of my mom and the woman that she was. Sometimes the sadness that I feel is so deep that I find it hard to breath.

Last year I decided that as a form of self-care I would start running to be able to physically express the grief that I was experiencing.

Shortly after I began running with this intention, I joined the Athletes to End Alzheimer's team to run the NYC 1/2 Marathon on March 17th 2013. (Thank you so much to all of you who helped me run to remember.)

This March 16th, 2014 I have joined the team once again to run the NYC 1/2 Marathon.

I run for my mom. I run for all of us who love my mom dearly. I run for the 5.4 million Americans living with the disease and the sorrow of their loved ones. I run to bring awareness to this disease, to share what happens, to share what can be done, and to help raise funds for research, care, and support.

As I train for my 1/2 Marathon and also help care for my mom I am reminded of a few incredible lessons. I want to share them with you in hopes that they are helpful.Read on below for these simply powerful lessons.

My Invitation to you this week:

Please help me raise funds for this worthy cause. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter advance research into prevention, treatments, and a cure for Alzheimer's. 

I have personally benefited so much from the outreach programs, support groups, and education that the Alzheimer's Association offers for the community nationwide. I really appreciate your support. Your contribution will help find a way to change the course of this disease and raise the spirit of so many impacted.

Wishing you radiant health,

Fran Darnell