the Epic Journey is over

Some closure is needed. Some things need to be final. The numbers no longer matter to me, but recording what has occurred does. The final tally will be purposely low. These numbers will remain as put down on this day, August 12th, 2017. The mission was to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease. 

  • over 5 years 
  • over 15,000 miles on foot 
  • over 20,000 miles in a car
  • 16 states
  • over  $35,000.00 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association 
  • over 50 television interviews 
  • over 100 newspaper interviews 
  • over 20 radio interviews 
  • 6 magazine articles 
  • over 3000 bracelets or cards given out with the 24/7 Helpline phone number on them 
  • visited over 50 senior residence facilitis and met with patients, staff and family members 
  • visited 4 alzheimer’s research centers
  • spoke with over 15 research scientists 
  • visited over 20 Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
  • met over 75 Alzheimer’s Association staff members 
  • attended 8 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events
  • I have no idea how many caregivers I met or how many alzheimer’s patients. There were many of both.

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The Epic Journey is over as of today, August 12th, 2017. My personal Facebook page will become just that. My blog will be used to write what I feel inspired to record. Twitter will be used in the same manner as the blog and will not automatically post into Facebook. The Across the Land page will remain operational and used sparingly. 

The failures on the Epic Journey were mine, but the successes were ours. 

I would never begin to thank anyone by name for fear of forgetting someone. I will say “Thank You” to everyone that helped. 

My favorite Bible verse for the Journey was . . . “I can do all things through Christ, whom strengthens me.”     Phillipians 4:13

My favorite quote for the Journey was . . . When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me‘     Erma Bombeck 

My “Epic Journey” is over. 

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The beautiful Journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”     Steve Maraboli

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P.S. entered 11:28 am on August 13th, 2017

Sometimes we start an Epic Journey for one reason, but God has other plans. 

This Journey was to tell caregivers that people care. It was to tell them of a way to reach out for help, and that they are not alone. It was to tell whomever would listen, a little bit about having alzheimer’s or of being a caregiver. It was to tell folks in our senior residence facilities thanks. It was to remind folks that lawmakers hold the purse strings that contain money for research.  It was to express thanks to folks that helped send these messages. It was about thanking God for life. 

     

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    2 responses to “the Epic Journey is over

    1. Thank you for pouring your life into Alzheimer’s awareness (and other stuff). You have run the race well, but I suspect that your life’s journey from this point forward will continue to raise awareness to the world of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s at your very core.

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