Daddy, Dementia and A Show of Hope

  • By Brenda
  • 27 Feb, 2016

Since I was unable to post for so long, there is so much I haven’t been able to share here on the blog.  Before our site crashed, I was able to share a bit about my Daddy’s passing during the set up of our large antique show here in Spokane and of “Ringing the Cowbells for Daddy”.  Click here to read that post.  While I miss my Daddy, I rejoice in knowing he is walking the streets of heaven with a now clear mind and no more dementia.

Since that post in August, we have added a new show to our business and are excited about our new “baby.”  We are excited to announce “Pickin’ Boise” . . . which will take place at Expo Idaho.  We so love doing our show in Spokane but we also wanted to expand and do one somewhere else, that was still a somewhat reasonable distance and in need of a show.  We were surprised at the lack of shows in the area and knew it would be something the wonderful people of Boise would want.  For more information on this show, click here .

Our life has been interesting the last few years.  Not only did my Daddy have Vascular Dementia that eventually lead to his passing, but my dear father-in-law is in the midst of a battle with Alzheimer’s.    It is sad when we are with him to see the confusion and simple things that are now being forgotten.  Of course having dementia be an issue on both sides of our family, it is a concern to us to somehow “break the cycle” and hopefully not succumb to it ourselves or pass it on to our children.  I have spent countless hours on the internet studying this and figuring out what things to either eliminate or add to our lives to help reduce the chance of continuing this awful disease.  I will share a bit about some of the preventative measures we have taken in a future post.  While Vascular Dementia is it’s own disease, the end result is the same as Alzheimer’s.  Because of this it falls under the umbrella of diseases The Alzheimer’s Association battles against.

During my research online, I discovered a bit about The Alzheimer’s Association .  While there are other worthy organizations that deal with the care of those stricken with these diseases of dementia, they were the main organization I found that is truly focused on finding a cure.  The more I learned, the more I realized the importance of this organization.  The research they are doing is getting them closer and closer to find a cure for not only Alzheimer’s, but also Huntington’s, Lewy Bodies,  Parkinson’s, Vascular Dementia and more.  Dementia related diseases are the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.   It seems all of us have been affected by knowing someone with this terrible disease.

So that being said, Ron and I have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds of both “Pickin’ on the Prairie” and “Pickin’ Boise” to The Alzheimer’s Association.  So you can not only come to our shows knowing you will have a great time and hopefully find a few amazing treasures, but you can also leave knowing you are making a difference in the lives and futures of so many.

There is nothing worse than watching a once strong man become frightened, nonsensical and lost.  We watched it with my Daddy and are now watching it with Ron’s Daddy.  It is a horribly cruel disease.  We pray for the families enduring this and pray for a cure in the not so distant future.   And we thank God for such worthy organizations as The Alzheimer’s Association .

Until next time . . .
With Farm Fresh Blessings . . .


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