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Dementia does not discriminate. It can affect anyone at anytime. My mother, once a fiercely independent, intelligent and healthy woman, was diagnosed with Alzheimers's several years ago. The person I once knew somewhat turned into a stranger with her mind and physicality deteriorating slowly before my eyes leaving her unable to undertake simple daily tasks anymore. I am participating in this memory run not only to raise awareness about this debilitating disease but also to raise much needed funds to get closer to finding a cure. With dementia being the second leading cause of death in Australians, I am hopeful that one day there will be a cure!!! Please help support this amazing cause by donating or registering for the memory walk/jog. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Post 8km run beetroot face photo for your amusement. I may look like I'm in pain but actually feel amazing after this run and especially knowing that I've achieved 8km with only 2 weeks of training! If I can do it, anyone can! Put those joggers on friends and get running to beat dementia with me!!!! XX Di
34 degrees in Adelaide today and soooo humid but somehow still managed to smash out 8km along the Torrens Weir track. I can't believe there is only 5 weeks left to the big run. I'm confident that all this training will see me get to the 10km finish line...JUST! It's amazing how quickly the body and mind adapt to new training. To be honest, prior to registering for this, I could barely run 3km without coughing up a lung, but am super proud of myself for getting this far already. Bring it on!
I visited mum after training. She's so damn cute! Every day I think about her and the sacrifices she made for our family. I still can't believe she is the way she is now. I don't understand it and probably never will. Experiencing the severity of this disease firsthand is something no one should have to endure. It's just so dreadful and debilitating and we all feel useless not able being able to help her more. I'm just glad I can still make her laugh with my silly antics. She calls me crazy!
Training is well under way! I love getting out in the sun, cranking some good tunes and appreciating this beautiful country of ours although I've learned it's very hard to take a selfie while running (hence my very unattractive facial expression below)! Did you know that exercise improves brain function with a reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia? And we all know that, not only does exercise make us feel good but you'll see positive physical changes too. So get exercising peeps! xx
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