Kevin's Early Onset Alzheimers
For those of you that do not know Kevin's story, he
is my 41 year old brother who has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers. After taking care of a grandmother and mother with the same illness, my brother is now traveling the same road.
Our family has a rare form called Hippocampal Sparing Alzheimers meaning our memories stay while the rest dwindle away. Already his IQ has gone from 154 to 104 and his processing speed has dropped 50 points. He can no longer work and requires assistance with organizational tasks like laundry and cleaning.
We watched as my mother was diagnosed with personality disorder, bi-polar, and many other illnesses. It was not until we received her brain autopsy that we discovered how damaged her brain was in the area of personality, behaviors, motor control, processing speed, sensory and organization. The worse part was watching friends and family disappear as they could no longer deal with her behavior. Now, it is happening to Kevin He no longer has any social contact with people-most are not sure how to handle him and choose to ignore him and his phone calls. He is alone, depressed and scared to what his future holds.
He finally won disability after two years and that should make him financially comfortable with the backpay. ..But it won't. To pay for the past two years, Kevin had to borrow $800 a month totally over $16000. I am hoping to raise enough to pay back what is owed and give Kevin a bit to have as a cushion for going to research facilities for Alzheimer's studies and for future long term care. He will be living on $731 a month which barely covers his living expenses. Kevin probably has 5-6 years given my mother's history. Please get the word out and let Kevin know he has not been forgotten and maybe lift his spirits a bit. I have been down this road with my mother and cannot believe we are doing it again. Thanks
To all my long time friends at Cracked.com, thank you so much. I woke up astounded to see how much support I have received. I don't want to thank everyone individually because people donate what they can and 5$ means just as much to my spirit as 50$. But I do have to give a special thanks to J Furlott. Your donation had me in disbelief and even though I'll probably never meet you, I hope you know just how much that meant to me.
Again, I am astounded by the support from all of my fellow Cracked friends. I am going through a very tough time right now and all the well wishes in the comments on my article, and also the unbelievable generosity has really made me feel cared about. Honestly, I seriously have no friends or family left that talk to me at this point except my sister and (occasionally) my father. It's nice to know people care about me still.
To people that have shared or donated, I can't even begin to thank you enough. It is difficult for me to accept charity since many of you know that I've spent a lot of my life helping others. Every donation gives me hope and strength to go on. The money means less to me than knowing that people actually care about me.♥ you all. Kevin