the Jeep

she put a picture in her garage. Every time she pulled in she saw the picture of a Jeep. She seemed to always stare at it for a couple of minutes. This went on a long time. The picture began looking weathered. One day she took the picture down.

She took it down and replaced it with a picture of her New Jeep.

Monday, February 8th, 2016 blog post

Think of this picture in your minds eye.

A man sitting on a bench. Children are playing all around him.They are running, jumping and smiling. Something to his right, gets his attention. It’s a little girl in a wheelchair. Her body is deformed. He looks at her eyes and notices she is watching the children play. He has seen the affects of this disease before today. He wishes he could help. There is a reason he recognizes polio. His name is Dr. Jonas Salk.

He found all the inspiration he would ever need.

Some numbers

Yesterday, approximately 1,289 people were diagnosed with alzheimers disease in America.

Yesterday, approximately 1,590 people died with alzheimers disease in America.

Approximately 66% of alzheimers diagnosis are women.

If you need help concerning alzheimers disease, please call 1.800.272.3900. The phone call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association. 24/7

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two awesome children (Suzy & June)

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

Todd, thank you for making this quote mean something to me.

I won’t forget the two children.They are important.Thoughts of them stay close at all times. One was three years old and the other was seven.The three old died with polio and the other with leukemia. They were not here long. As for me, I am on extra time. I recieved a second chance at life. I owe. These were my little cousins.

These two children had a mom, a dad and siblings. All of these lives were forever changed. There were grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles . . . . . and I am sure others.

Dr. Jonas Salk (polio) and St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital (leukemia) both have a special place in my heart, and always will. I have studied the life of Dr. Salk and I have visited St. Judes twice.

My dad died with alzheimers disease. No cure. Caregivers experience a living hell for a long time. There is help and caregivers need to know of it.

The seriousness of what I will do with the rest of my life is coming to fruition. I am beginning to taste it.

I am paying back. I am keeping the promise I made, while in ICU. My dream is being replaced by a promise.

I am not looking for happiness or security. I want to make a difference. I am willing to live with the consequences of my decisions.

Sunday, February 7th, 2016 blog post

Covered a little bit of ground today.

We are both excited, and concerned about his surgery tomorrow. (mom’s husband) We have an early day tomorrow. He has been an inspiration with his handling of the pain.

My mom (age 87) continues to amaze me. She is a strong lady.

Spoke on the phone with two individuals that crossed America on foot. We have a lot in common.

My brother told me once that no matter what occurs, to always keep putting one foot in front of the other. He passed away in 2005. I imagine him looking down at me and saying “my little brother keeps going”

I want to use up everything the Lord gives me.

Thank you for reading my blog.
Jack Fussell

Life does go on

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from Google Images

Individuals passing away, some having medical treatment, some waiting on word of what may be wrong.

Babies waking to life, folks being told “your well” – now get back out there and enjoy. Others being told “the disease” you had is gone”

The first time I read the quote in the picture above, I thought, well that doesn’t help anything. But, ya know it does help me. It does set a very clear reality. Life is not personal to just me. Life cycles are amazing. Some good stuff and some not so. Yeah, ups and downs. Don’t be surprised.

Thanks for reading my blog.
Jack Fussell

Caregiving, me? – just a little

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Being here with mom and her husband for 23 days is teaching me. Yes, it is more exciting to be out on the road running, seeing beautiful landscape and speaking with new people every day.

I am here providing what assistance I can. This was my decision and it is a good decision. I’m here to make each day a little bit easier for them. I am trying to help with the physical and emotional aspects. I believe I am doing that. I have had short failures with my goal here. I am impatient at times. Changing that is a high priority.

I know the value of taking care of myself, so I continue to jog and speak with folks, and see beautiful scenery, but on a much smaller scale.

Mom’s husband’s surgery is set for Monday, February 8th. My decisions, after that, will proceed as new information unfolds.

They are not broken in spirit, and yes they are great. The picture above does remind me though, that things happen and that I should respond by doing what I feel is the right thing.

I enjoy my life. I enjoy learning. I enjoy trying to do the right thing.

Jack Fussell

Where am I going?

Four friends were sitting, and relaxing at the top of a small hill. Below them was a beautiful lake. They could see a man in a small boat, rowing.

One asked, I wonder how the man in the boat is doing? Another added, he is rowing with precision. And another said, he must be doing well, his course is very straight. 

The fourth one said, I have no idea how he is doing because I don’t know where he is going.

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The 24/7 Helpline at the Alzheimer’s Association

If you need help concerning alzheimers disease, please call 1.800.272.3900. The phone call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association. Call Anytime. Yep, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Jack Fussell

my thoughts on the alzheimers fight

The $350 million dollar increase is in the budget

Lots of high profile cases in 2015

The movie “Still Alice”

The presidential candidates speaking of alzheimers disease in the debates

Support groups popping up

Trial programs seem to be growing

I would say things are headed in a good direction

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