"Nanny!" That's the excited greeting my grandmother always gets. But, this time I got, "Nanny, that sounds familiar" in response. The woman who lived with my family for several years of my childhood, who I would have the best slumber parties with, who loved my sister and I dearly, didn't even know her own 'name.'
Some of you are aware my grandmother, or Nanny in my family, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. For a long time the disease created a false world, and she could not tell what was reality. For example, she thought family members were breaking into her home and taking things or messing up rooms, and she would call us and claim she caught loved ones in the act.
If I've learned anything from seeing my Grandmother live with Alzheimer's, it's that you can't let it get to you.Saturday morning was the Alzheimer's Association, Eastern Tennessee Chapter, 2010 Memory Walk. It's the 20th Anniversary for the event, as the organization raises money to fight for better support and advocacy for the disease, as well as supporting research for a cure.
NORAD typically safeguards the skies for North America, but with their eyes peeled, they track Santa every year. Through the NORAD site, Volunteer TV will track jolly Ol' Saint Nick starting on East Tennessee this Morning at 5 a.m. His travels take him all around the world, so we'll update you as gets closer to your neck of the woods.
If you're a lover of snow, then you probably hope the beloved song, "White Christmas," will come true for you. The odds are slim, when looking at the records, but we are off to a good start, with a 2-inch snowfall in Knoxville. Share your thoughts, and give me your weather predictions, as we officially start Winter December 21st!
This Thursday, November 19Th, I'll be participating in a contest of sorts, to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, Eastern Tennessee Chapter. I'm taking part with the organization, because, unfortunately, I know all too well what it's like to see a love slip away to Alzheimer's. My grandmother was diagnosed with the horrible disease more than a year ago, and last Christmas it really hit my family that the women we love isn't always there.