As you'll see if you click through on the widget above, these two ladies are my sister (left) and my (birth) mother (right). I have not seen them since my sister was six years old; she is now twenty-eight. Over the last two or three years, my sister and I have been blessed with a sort of reunion - albeit limited to online communication.
Mother has Alzheimer's which is rapidly marching its way through her brain. She is relatively young to have this kind of permanent dementia - she will turn 67 in June. She struggles with language - losing words, can't find appropriate words, describing objects, volume when speaking, etc. Numbers have no meaning for her. Recently she has started to have trouble swallowing and following simple commands. While there are certain tasks she can still perform, she is completely unable to live unsupervised. My sister has been her caregiver for the last several years, even before the diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
Because of the rapid progress and severity of Mother's dementia, my sister needs help. She can no longer care for our Mother on her own. Our youngest brother lives with them, but because he has his own obligations and commitments, he cannot provide for them on a permanent basis. I am the oldest child - it falls to me to care for my family.
To that end, my husband and I are trying to move Mother and my sister from Spokane, WA to live with us in/near Tallahassee, FL. We all know moving is expensive; it is nearly prohibitively so when trying to move from one corner of the country to another. We have spent many hours working out the logistics of this move in an effort to find the most economical, least stressful, and least confusing (for Mother) way to move two adults and an apartment full of household goods across country. It's not cheap, but is definitely doable with help from friends and family.
That is where you come in. We need your help. Prayers - first and foremost, but also financial help. It doesn't matter how small that help might be - nickels and dimes add up to a mighty fortune. With friends, family, Christians, and God behind us - it will get done.
Please consider donating something to help us do the right thing. Help us take care of our family the way God intended us to do. Click through on the widget above to go to our GoFundMe page, read the rest of the story, and consider donating even just $1.
Thank you, muchly, from the bottom of our hearts.