by Marian Karpisek with Mnimaka Brockett, Mahtowin Howe, Nere Lartitegui, Maruca Leach and Jean Stein
Our bright, creative and loving friend, Sunny, began slipping away from us several years ago. At first we weren’t aware of the reality, thinking “of course every one forgets words or thoughts from time to time.” But as the months went by and Sunny’s thought processes continued to decline, it became evident that what was occurring wasn’t a momentary glitch, but something much more serious.
The diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s did not come as a shock, but sad confirmation of our observations and fears. Now the question became, what can we do to make Sunny’s life as good as possible? Of course her family is her first line of support, but friends fill an important role that family alone cannot. Thus, the “Sunny Support Group” (SSG) was born, connecting six women who all loved Sunny, but did not necessarily know each other well.
Our goals are to ensure that Sunny continues to be surrounded by friends and to keep her connected to the outside world for as long as possible. Through these goals, we can give Sunny more moments of happiness and joy as we continue our friendship with her. [Read more…]