4/24/2015

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still in Georgia. Waiting to find out if mom will require surgery before heading back to the Wild West (Denver)

Will Run some serious miles at Amicalola Falls State Park this Saturday and Sunday.

Hope to see some folks I enjoy. Roll with the punches, I say. Enjoy this life.

Ran in Canton, Georgia today. It was good. Lots of miles. Gentle hills and lots of sidewalks. Ran, Jogged and Walked. Also smiled and waived at some awesome folks.

Ran at the YMCA on the river. Some single track, asphalt road and grass. Feeling good. Mostly flat. I don’t do much of that. It was fun.

Waiting on word about mom

She is 87 years old. She fell the other day. They were checking her out as I was driving home from Colorado. They thought she would be okay. I was getting ready to drive back to Denver this morning. She called and said the pain is bad. They are doing more xrays. My Run is on hold for right now.

Tina – YMCA

Known her awhile from soccer with my grandkids.

Spoke with her at Tyler’s soccer game yesterday. The enthusiasm she has for changing lives is inspiring. She talked about the value exercise has on fighting disease.

I found this statement below on the internet this morning.

From the University of Vanderbilt :
Over the past century we have become increasingly sedentary due to the technical advancements of today’s world. Ironically, while machines and improvements in transportation and communication have made our lives easier, studies show that the decline in our physical activity associated with these advancements plays a large role in the decline of our health.

Back to Denver tomorrow

tomorrow morning I will start the long drive back to Colorado. Very mixed emotions. I can’t imagine not going back. I can’t imagine not trying as hard as I can to help. Oh, I will miss my family so much. This is no longer great fun or an adventure to me. It has become something I have to do. It’s my turn to give all I have. Alzheimer’s is so horrific.

I think I have become a person that is not very fun to be near, unless you want to hear an awful lot about alzheimers disease. I’m so sorry, but I have to do this.

He has lost 44 lbs..

When I left the area in January he weighed 244 lbs. Now he weighs 180 lbs. My son in law Todd.

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The biggest Fight in my Life!

This body and everything it has will turn 65 years old in October. Lots of alzheimer’s in my family. They tell me, being fit can slow it down and maybe even stop it.
I work at it and I work hard!

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13,000 miles for the Alzheimer’s Association

I started around the first of June in 2012 with shirts and some cards. I was training at Amicalola Falls State Park in North Georgia. People would stop me and want to know what I was training for. I told them I would be Running across America to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Here, in April 2015, still going because nothing has been resolved. Awareness still needs to be raised.

In Fact, is the “footer” upon what the whole building has to sit upon.

She wanted another doctor

She was diagnosed with cancer and the doctor said it was bad. He told her she probably only had a few months to live. Nothing could be done, he said.

She told the doctor that would not be the case. She told him if he believed that, she would be getting a new doctor. He changed his tune. I sat with this lady recently and had a meal with her.

This cancer was a bunch of years ago.

Unthinkable ages of caregivers

The average age of a caregiver to a person with Alzheimer’s disease is 48 years old. (Alzheimer’s Association)

18% of children 8 to 18 years old provide unpaid care for someone (Alzheimer’s Association)

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Another alzheimers connection

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